African Plant Database

Chlorophytum orchidastrum Lindl.
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Bot. Reg. 10: t. 813 (1824)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chlorophytum macropodum Krause
 Chlorophytum mannii Baker (1898)
 Chlorophytum seretii De Wild. (1909)
 Chlorophytum zenkeri Engl. (1902)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum lanceum A. Chev. (1920)
=Chlorophytum seretii var. likimensis De Wild.
=Chlorophytum talbotii Rendle (1913)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Robust herb 0,4-1 m tall; drying black; roots woolly, tomentose, with tubers on main axes; leaves erect with distinct petiole 15-40 cm long; blade dark green, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 15-40x5-12 cm, with c. 20 strong nerves, base rounded, apex long acuminate; peduncle c. 30 cm long; inflorescence paniculate, lax, rhomboid, c. 45 cm long, with 1-3 lateral branches 10-15 cm long; bracts 5-65 mm long, glabrous; pedicels 7-8 mm long, 3-4 at each lower node, articulated in upper half; flowers white to pale green; tepals linear, 6 mm long, 3-veined; capsule subglobose, 7 mm Ø.
Ecology : Forest, forest edges, gallery forest; old secondary forest with Terminalia superba; secondary moist fallows; 1-1300 m alt.
  Confused with C. zingiberastrum (see Kew Bull. 53: 939, 1998, with a comparative table).
  Flowers decorative for colour and scent; first cultivated in British conservatories, now commonly grown in temperate countries (Burkill, l.c.).
  Not in Zambia (= C. lancifolium).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (2010). Flore du Gabon. 41: 5
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Record n°33981 modified 2009-05-27
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