African Plant Database

Afrothismia gesnerioides H. Maas
Family : Burmanniaceae
Protologue : Blumea 48(3): 477 (2003)
Information on the genus : Afrothismia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Achlorophyllous, whitish brown, mycotrophic herb, 4,5-6 cm tall; rhizomes with several clusters 0,5-1 cm of 20-35 root tubercles, these ovoid, 2-3 mm long, 1-2 mm ; leaves bract-like, 1 per stem, ovate-triangular, 3-5x2-4 mm; flowering stem white, 4,5-6 cm long, 1-2 mm ; inflorescence terminal, 2-3-flowered, sympodially branched; flowers purplish, strongly zygomorphic, similar to a gesnerial flower (neotropical), 1,7-2,1 cm long; fruit obconical to subglobose, 5-6x5-6 mm .
Ecology : Riverine forest along stream, marshy spot; 600 m alt.
  Only known from the type collected in 1996. Site threatened by slash and burn agriculture.
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 179242
Record n°179242
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