African Plant Database

Chlorophytum somaliense Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 469 (1892)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum tenuifolium Baker (1895)
=Chlorophytum baudi-candeanum Chiov. (1911)
=Chlorophytum boranense Chiov.
=Chlorophytum tertalense Chiov. (1951)
=Chlorophytum pauciflorum Dammer
=Anthericum undulatifolium Engl. ex Poelln. (1942)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-70 cm tall; rhizome short, moniliform, bearing fibres from previous leaves; roots spongy or with narrow base enlarging into conspicuous tubers; leaves rosulate, lanceolate, sometimes falcate, clasping, 20-40x1-3 cm, margins undulate; peduncle 15-40 cm long; raceme simple; rachis glabrous; pedicels articulated in upper half, glabrous, c. 1 cm long, solitary; flowers zygomorphic; tepals white with pale green midrib, 15-20x2-3 mm, 3-veined; capsule triquetrous, emarginate, 7-20 mm long.
Ecology : ± Degraded Acacia, Combretum, Commiphora bushland or woodland; grassland; rather shallow black cotton soil; red lateritic soils; alluvial sands; granite, limestone, lava, gypseous rocks; 100-1700 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 27-28
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33771
Record n°33771
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