African Plant Database

Chlorophytum pusillum Schweinf. ex Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : J. Bot. 16: 325 (1878) 
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
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 :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 341
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:29 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 91

Bibliography other :
  • (2014). Flore du Cameroun. Paris: Museum national d'histoire naturelle 41: 30
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