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Chlorophytum rubribracteatum (De Wild.) Kativu
Family : Anthericaceae
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Basionym : Anthericum rubribracteatum De Wild.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum rubribracteatum De Wild. (1913)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Anthericum roseum Poelln. (1942)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb grass-like, tufted, 10-40 cm tall; rhizome moniliform, covered with fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots wiry, with distal tubers; cataphylls red; leaves distichous, 2-5, glabrous, rarely minutely pubescent, often with a purplish-pink tinge, linear, to 30-50 cm x 2-4 mm, margins minutely scabrid to ciliate near base; peduncle terete, often purplish, glabrous, seldom minutely pubescent, to 40 cm long; inflorescence unbranched; pedicels articulated below middle, often pinkish, to 9 mm long, 2 at each lower node, sparsely arranged; perianth star-shaped; tepals 10-13x3-5 mm, 3-7-veined, outer ones pinkish red, inner ones white with pinkish keels; capsule reddish, shallowly 3-lobed in section, transversely ridged, emarginate, 6-8,5 mm long.
Ecology : Brachystegia woodland; grassland margins; rocky outcrops; cupriferous hill; dembo on lateritic plain; seasonally flooded grassland; often on sandy, sometimes on clayish soils; 200-1850 m alt.
  Variable in intensity of red coloration, in height, pubescence and width of leaves. Tall forms in Katanga may represent a distinct taxon.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 36

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