African Plant Database

Chlorophytum velutinum Kativu
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Nord. J. Bot. 13[5]: 503-504 (1993)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acrospira homblei De Wild.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 55-180 cm tall; rhizome regularly constricted, often with concentric rings of old leaf attachments , with fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots with elongated distal tubers; leaves distichous, linear, 45-94x0,4-1,5(-2,2) cm, clasping, densely pubescent, apex with an acute point, midrib prominent; peduncle terete, bracteate; inflorescence unbranched, to 30 cm long; rachis subterete, shallowly angled; pedicels 1-2 per node, articulated below middle, to 4 mm long; bracts ovate; perianth white, c. 25 mm long; tepals 3-veined; capsule oblong, nearly rounded in cross section, transversely ridged, often bearing style remains, to 14 mm long.
Ecology : Open woodland; grassland; rocky and lateritic soils; steppic savanna on Cu/Co mineralization substrate; 1200-1600 m alt.
  Closely resembling C. stolzii that is itself confused with another large and robust Chlorophytum, i.e. C. ducis-aprutii (cf. Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Antheric.: 15, 1997).
  Cited from Tanzania by Kativu also in Nord. J. Bot. 13: 505, 1993.
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carte afrique num 33870
Record n°33870
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