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Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum (Baker) Kativu
Family : Anthericaceae
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Basionym : Anthericum calyptrocarpum Baker
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum calyptrocarpum Baker (1878)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Anthericum curvifolium K. Krause (1912)
=Anthericum caespitosum Dinter (1931)
=Anthericum tenellum Welw. ex Baker (1878)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb grasslike, gregarious,10-85 cm tall; rhizome short, constricted regularly, with fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots spongy, tuberous; leaves fascicled, to 10 per plant, filiform, 12-18 cm long, glandular-spotted, margins ciliate, base dilated; peduncle terete, bracteate, often glandular-spotted, to 45 cm long; panicle with to 7 branches, c. 60 cm long; pedicels articulated below middle, lower ones 2 per node, upper ones solitary, c. 4 mm long in fruit; perianth white; tepals 3-veined dull purple; capsule c. 5 mm long, shallowly deltoid, glabrous.
Ecology : Seasonally wet grassland; near stream banks; often on clay soils and on shallow sandy loam overlying rock; rocky pastures flooded seasonally; in SE Zaire most often on copper-mineralised substrate; 100-1400 m alt.
  Namibia, N S. Africa. – Not in Burundi; confusion with C. angustissimum.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.1 - 0.6 m. Alt: 915 - 1450 m. Distribution: NAM, GA, LP, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 92

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Nord. J. Bot. 13: 59-65 (1993).
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