African Plant Database

Chlorophytum lancifolium Welw. ex Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1(5): 260 (1880 [1878])
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chlorophytum lancifolium Welw. ex Baker subsp. lancifolium
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum minutiflorum Poelln. (1947)
=Chlorophytum peteri Poelln. (1947)
=Chlorophytum carsonii Baker (1898)
=Chlorophytum nebulosum Poelln. (1947)
Taxon infra-specific
Chlorophytum lancifolium Welw. ex Baker subsp. lancifolium
Chlorophytum lancifolium subsp. cordatum (Engl.) A. D. Poulsen & Nordal (2005)
Chlorophytum lancifolium subsp. togoense (Engl.) A. D. Poulsen & Nordal (2005)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-40 cm tall; rhizome short covered by spongy roots with tubers; leaves rosulate; petiole 6-25 cm long; blade with base truncate to cordate, 6-19x2-7 cm, margins wavy, smooth or with minute teeth; peduncle terete, 8-27 cm long, glabrous; inflorescence paniculate to unbranched and lax; pedicels articulated above middle, 8-10 mm long, 2-4 at each lower node; perianth greenish white; tepals 4-6 mm long, 3-veined; capsule deeply triquetrous, 3-4x4-9 mm.
Ecology : Forest margins; closed woodland; sandy rocky soils; Brachystegia woodland; sandy to gritty-clayey soils overlying rocks; termite mounds; shady places in high forest; rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, Erythrophleum suaveolens, Alstonia boonei, Parinari excelsa, Milicia excelsa; gallery forest; shady places by cataracts on rocks: 550-1950 m alt.
  Some specimens seem to be intermediate between C. lancifolium and C. sparsiflorum (hybrids ?).
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carte afrique num 33949
Record n°33949
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