African Plant Database

Chlorophytum macrorrhizum Poelln.
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Portugaliae Acta Biol., Ser. B, Sist. 1: 358 (1947)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 15 cm tall; rhizome moniliform bearing some fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots thick, spongy, fusiform, sometimes reduced to subsessile tubers; leaves ± prostrate, ± purplish, densely pubescent on nerves beneath, glabrous above, lanceolate, to 10x1-2 cm; margins occasionally wavy, ciliate; peduncle short, terete, purplish pubescent; inflorescence dense, unbranched, to 3,5 cm long; pedicels articulated at apex, to 1,5 mm long, solitary at nodes; bracts 6 mm long, purple, ciliate-hairy; perianth campanulate; tepals connate, white, papillose at constriction, to 5 mm long, 1-veined; capsule triquetrous, c. 1,5x3 mm.
Ecology : Swampy and seasonally wet areas, on lateritic and clay soils; 1250-2000 m alt.
  Very near C. leptoneurum var. katangense, C. africanum, C. silvaticum; taxonomic delimitation not clear; resembles forms earlier referred to C. marginatum Rendle, a synonym of C. africanum.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 22
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carte afrique num 33759
Record n°33759
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