African Plant Database

Afrothismia mhoroana Cheek
Family : Burmanniaceae
Protologue : Kew Bull. 60(4): 593 (2005)
Information on the genus : Afrothismia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Achlorophyllous mycotrophic herb c. 3 cm tall; underground rhizome provided with several clusters, each of 20-30 bulbils; each bulbil globose to broadly ellipsoid, c. 1 mm Ø; flowering stems vertical, 3-6 cm long, c. 2,5 mm Ø; leaves 1-4 per stem, alternate, ovate, 1,5-4x1-1,5 mm; flowers 1-2 per stem, zygomorphic, lower part of tube subglobose, papillate; fruit unknown.
Ecology : Bare soil on path or under thin litter in evergreen forest on steep rocky slope, canopy open, c. 40 m tall with Albizia sp., Markhamia sp., Tabernaemontana sp., Rauvolfia caffra, etc…; 775-910 m alt.
  Near A. insignis, A. winkleri.
  Discovered in 2001. Known from a single site threatened by logging. Might be overlooked. When discovered, the plants were scattered over several hundreds of meters along a path.
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carte afrique num 180709
Record n°180709
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