African Plant Database

Chlorophytum inconspicuum (Baker) Nordal
Family : Anthericaceae
Notes : [sensu Fl. W.T.Afr ed.2 = C. debile]
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Basionym : Anthericum inconspicuum Baker
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum inconspicuum Baker (1877)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Chlorophytum laxum auct. Baker in F.T.A. p.p., quoad Schimper 2231, non R.Br.
=Chlorophytum tordense auct. Berhaut, non Chiov.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 20 cm tall; rhizome short, fibrous; roots thin but swelling to tubers distally; leaves rosulate, linear, 10-25 cm x 1-4 mm, glabrous except for the sometimes scabrid margins, basal sheaths whitish to purplish; peduncle reduced (lower flowers and fruits found within the leaf-rosette); raceme simple, rarely branched below, 2-5 cm long, prostrate; rachis glabrous to slightly scabrid; bracts 5 mm long; pedicels articulated near or below middle, glabrous, ± curved, 2-5 mm long, to 1 cm in fruit, 2 at each lower node; flowers whitish to yellowish, with green dorsal bands; tepals 3-5 mm long, 3-veined; capsule deeply triquetrous, 8-10x5-6 mm.
Ecology : Dry woodland to degraded bushland; shallow soils overlying volcanic rocks or limestone, seasonally flooded; c. 250-1800 m alt.
  Plants from Yemen, Oman identified as C. laxum are close to C. inconspicuum (fide Thulin, 1995). The Somalian species C. filifolium is closely related (cf. above under that species).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 42-43

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Nord. J. Bot. 13: 59-65 (1993).
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Record n°33657 modified 2013-10-09
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