African Plant Database

Chlorophytum brachystachyum Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Protologue : Gard. Chron., ser. 3 1: 711 (1893)
Information on the genus : Chlorophytum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chlorophytum trachycarpum Oberm. (1962)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb often clumped, 25-45 cm tall; rhizome short, vertical; roots swollen or with tubers; leaves rosulate, narrowed at base, oblong-lanceolate, 5-40x0,5-4 cm, fimbriate, margins crisped and ciliate; peduncle terete, shallowly angled, 5-40 cm long; inflorescence usually an unbranched, dense raceme, sometimes forked at base; pedicels articulated above middle, ± 5 mm long in fruit, 2-5 at lower nodes; perianth white; tepals papillate, 4,5-6x1,5-2 mm, 3-5-veined; capsule deltate to slightly 3-lobed in section, emarginate, papillate, tuberculate or transversally lined when mature, c. 4x4-5 mm.
Ecology : Rock-like clayey hardpan soils; termite mounds, within open woodland; often near water-courses; sodic soils; 350-1600 m alt.
  Forming a complex with C. pauper. – Plants from SE Zaire may belong here (treated as C. cf. brachystachyum by Meerts & Bjorå, o.c.), marked with ? on our map
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.25 - 0.4 m. Alt: ? - 915 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1997). Flora of Tropical East Africa Anthericaceae: 52-54

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Kirkia 15: 43-111 (1994).
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