African Plant Database

Chlorophytum cordifolium De Wild.
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 111 (1914)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum unifolium Malaisse & Bamps (2009)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb from a compact rhizome; roots fusiform, swollen at base; leaf single, with canaliculate petiole, 5-7 cm long, enclosing almost completely a part of the peduncle, with 3 sheathing cataphylls at base; blade broadly ovate, base cordate, apex acuminate, 5-8x4-6,5 cm, glabrous, margins crenulate; inflorescence 12-21 cm long, incl. peduncle ± angular and glabrous, leafless; raceme 3-7 cm long; flowers 3 per node; pedicels 4-6 mm long, articulated at upper 2/3, bracts ovate-lanceolate, 5-7 mm long; tepals greenish, margins white, 4-5x1,5 mm; capsule triquetrous, 5,5-5 mm Ø.
Ecology : Copper-bearing savanna at open-forest edge and open forests on normal sandy soils; 1475 m alt.
  Very distinct species first collected in 1912, described in 1914. Rediscovered in 2006, and then described as a new species, C. unifolium. A narrow endemic, collected on few occasions since first description.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
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carte afrique num 33908
Record n°33908
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