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Chlorophytum polystachys Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : J. Bot. 16: 326 (1878) 
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum asparagiflorum Engl. (1900)
=Chlorophytum palustre Engl. & K. Krause
=Chlorophytum subrugosum Poelln. (1947)
=Chlorophytum acrothyrsum Peter ex Poelln. (1947)
=Chlorophytum holotrichum Peter ex Poelln. (1947)
=Chlorophytum tuberigenum Peter ex Poelln. (1947)
=Anthericum giganteum Poelln. (1942)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb often gregarious, 25-64 cm tall; rhizome moniliform, often bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots with tubers; leaves linear, distichous, bases often red-brownish to deep green and with a white band at top, 25-75x0,6-3 cm, glabrous, margins minutely scabrid to ciliate; peduncle sometimes arcuate below, terete, glabrous, 20-40 cm long, sometimes bronze-coloured in upper part; panicle lax, to 25 cm long; rachis angled, glabrous, scabrid, or shortly ciliate; pedicels glabrous, articulated below middle, pinkish brown, to 5 mm long, 2 per each flower node; perianth glabrous, greenish white; tepals 4-5 mm long, scabrid, 3-5-veined, sometimes with a brownish stripe outside; capsule subglobose, trigonous, smooth, 3-7x5-9 mm.
Ecology : Open woodland; rocky outcrops; stony soils; black clay soil; forest edges; swampy hollows or thornbush thicket; 150-2900 m alt.
  Variable. Closely related to C. pubiflorum, also similar to C. vestitum. The three taxa need further studies for determination of taxonomic rank between them.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 43-44
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:29 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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