African Plant Database

Chlorophytum geophilum Peter ex Poelln.
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Ber. Deutsch. Bot. Ges. lxi. 127 (1943)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum mahengense Poelln. (1943)
=*Chlorophytum afzelii A. Chev. non Baker
=*Chlorophytum gourmacum A. Chev. (1920) p.p. quoad specim. Chevalier 24690, 24297
=*Chlorophytum pusillum auct. sensu Troupin 1956
=Chlorophytum subcapitatum Hutch.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 5 cm tall growing in clumps; rhizome indistinct, with narrow roots bearing tubers; leaves 4-6, in a prostrate rosette, oblanceolate, 20-27x4-8,5 cm, petiolate, thick, glabrous, obtuse, veins prominent, margins crisped-undulate, occasionally ciliate; peduncle terete, to 2 cm long; inflorescence appearing at ground level, to 4 cm long, dense to almost capitate, sometimes 2-4-branched; bracts to 1,7 cm long, margins crisped and ciliate; pedicels 0,4-1,7 cm long, jointed at apex; tepals white, 6-8 mm long, 5-veined; capsule shallowly 3-gonous, 3-5x4 mm, smooth. Pedicels elongating after flowering and reflexing, burying the fruit (the type has capsules 2x3 mm).
Ecology : Open Brachystegia woodland and grassland; sometimes on termite mounds; open grassland with bare patches; in clumps; fallows; rather heavy soil; deep soil; 200-1100 m alt.
  Difficult to separate from C. pusillum (with ± sessile inflorescence and shorter pedicels). The relation between C. geophilum and C. pusillum needs further investigation. See also under C. latifolium below.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:28 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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