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Chlorophytum nubicum (Baker) Kativu
Family : Anthericaceae
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Basionym : Anthericum nubicum Baker
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum nubicum Baker (1876)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum tinneae Baker (1876)
=Chlorophytum pleurostachyum Chiov.
=*Anthericum fibrosum Hutch.
=Anthericum senussiorum Poelln. (1944)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb loosely tufted, 10-95 cm tall, often with leafy sterile shoots from a rhizome bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots spongy, occasionally reduced to tuberous structures; leaves appearing after flowering, rosulate, linear, to 26 cm x 5 mm, sheathing at base, glabrous; margins minutely papillate, scabrid or ciliate; peduncle terete, inflorescence often unbranched, occasionally with 1-3 branches at base, lax; bracts small; pedicels articulated below middle, lower ones 2-4 per node, 9-14 mm long; perianth white; tepals 3-5-veined, 7-15 mm long; capsule subglobose, 3-angled, deeply lobed, c. 5x4 mm.
Ecology : Lava grassland; burnt areas in dry woodland; open woodland on stony shallow soils; in tall grass in savanna; 150-2300 m alt.
  Very close to C. nidulans.Two collections from Zaire, Upemba are atypical – perhaps a distinct taxon.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 15-16
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Nord. J. Bot. 13: 59-65 (1993).
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carte afrique num 33669
Record n°33669
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