African Plant Database


Chlorophytum pusillum Schweinf. ex Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Family (APGIII) : ASPARAGACEAE
Protologue : J. Bot. 16: 325 (1878) 
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum micans Engl. & K. Krause
=*Chlorophytum littorale auct. sensu Raimondo & al. (1981): 221, p.p.
=*Chlorophytum mossicum A. Chev. (1920)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb often in patches, to 3,5 cm tall; rhizome not distinct; roots spongy, with tubers or tuberous structures; leaves rosulate, ± prostrate, thin, 1-4 per plant, glabrous, sessile, oblanceolate, 2,5-15x1,5-10 cm, margins crisped (sometimes with red cilia), base broad; peduncle 1-3 cm long; inflorescence unbranched, dense, 2-5 cm long; pedicels without articulation, 1-5 mm long, several per node; perianth white; tepals 4-5 x c. 1 mm, 3-veined; capsule shallowly deltoid, smooth, c. 4x3 mm.
Ecology : Woodland in shade; often in rock crevices; termite mounds; shallow temporarily very humid soils; 300-1400 m alt.
  Similar to C. geophilum (with thick petiolate leaves, branched inflorescence, seed testa different in the two species). – C. pusillum sensu Troupin, Fl. spermat. Parc Natl. Garamba 1: 191, 1956, is C. geophilum.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
 
More info on :
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 34001
 
Record n°34001
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