African Plant Database

Chlorophytum angustissimum (Poelln.) Nordal
Family : Anthericaceae
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Basionym : Anthericum angustissimum Poelln.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Anthericum angustissimum Poelln. (1942)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Chlorophytum nigericum (Hepper) Nordal
=Anthericum nigericum Hepper (1968)
=Anthericum calyptrocarpum auct. sensu East. Afr. Bot.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb clumped, 15-25(-56) cm tall; rhizome slender; leaves filiform, with expanded bases, 20-35 cm x 1-3 mm; margin often ciliate; peduncle often arcuate below, ± prostrate, glabrous, or slightly hairy in lower parts, 1-4 cm tall; inflorescence a branched panicle, rachis cylindrical, 6-20 cm long, sometimes prostrate; pedicels articulated at or slightly below middle, 4-7 mm long, 2-3 per lower nodes; perianth open, whitish to yellowish, with green or brownish dorsal stripes or tip; tepals 5-8x2-3 mm, 3-veined; capsule 2-4 mm long, subglobose, slightly ridged, emarginate, rounded-deltate in cross section.
Ecology : Shallow pockets of soil on rocky outcrops; Themeda grassland; sometimes seasonally wet grassland with shallow soils (dambos); 850-1900 m alt.
  Confused with the southern C. calyptrocarpum (often so named by E. African botanists).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 42
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carte afrique num 33792
Record n°33792
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