African Plant Database

Camptorrhiza E. Phillips
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 40 cm tall; new corm small, ovoid, attached to knee-shaped tuber from the previous season, c. 2,5x1,8 cm; stem 22-35 cm long, sinuous with basal, membranous scale-like leaf; leaves several to numerous, starting halfway up stem, grading into bracts, linear, 7-14x0,1-0,8 cm, folded, acute, suberect; inflorescence a raceme-like scorpioid cyme; pedicels arising opposite leaves, slender, 2-3 cm long (c. 4 cm in fruit); flowers green and russet, green with a purple-black swelling at filament base, yellow-green or brown and green; tepals 2,5-4x1-1,5 mm; capsule pendent, globose or pear-shaped, 1-2x0,9-1,2 cm.
Ecology : Various types of dry woodland on sandy soils; stony pastures with short grass among rocks; in somewhat damp meadows on lake; on herbaceous thicket-grown slopes near river; open Brachystegia-Julbernardia woodland on sandy soil or light clay soils; grassland near pans; 50-1100 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 63

Bibliography other :
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 8: 113 (2014)
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Record n°189055 modified 2008-12-27
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