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Chlorophytum suffruticosum Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : J. Bot. 16: 326 (1878) 
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum suffruticosum (Baker) Milne-Redh.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum rhizomatosum Baker (1885)
=Chlorophytum polyphyllum (Baker) Poelln.
=Dasystachys polyphylla Baker (1898)
=Anthericum acuminatum Rendle (1895)
=Anthericum campestre Engl. (1894)
=Anthericum inexpectatum Poelln. (1942)
=Anthericum longisetosum Poelln. (1942)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb with erect, rarely prostrate, eventually branched, aerial woody stem to 50 cm long, usually c. 2,5 cm Ø, with circular leaf-scars and stiff fibres from old leaf-bases; roots spongy without tubers; leaves distichous, borne at tips of branches, grass-like, 5-50x1-1,5 cm; peduncles several in leaf axils, 5-40 cm long; raceme simple, rarely with some basal branches, 6-20 cm long; rachis slightly papillose to pubescent; pedicels articulated below middle, 3-6 mm long, solitary at nodes; flowers white, star-shaped; tepals with a greenish, rarely brownish, median stripe, to 15x5 mm, 3-veined; capsule rounded-deltate in cross section, with slight transverse ridges, c. 10x8 mm.
Ecology : Pockets of soil in granitic or coral outcrops; sometimes on termite mounds; 0-1150 m alt.
  Usually cultivated under the name Anthericum suffruticosum.
  Very particular and isolated species, the only in the genus with woody stem. Resembling representatives of Velloziaceae. Its closest relatives are within the C. subpetiolatum complex.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 40
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carte afrique num 33789
Record n°33789
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