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  1. Family: Asparagaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Chlorophytum Ker Gawl.
      1. Chlorophytum leptoneurum (C.H.Wright) Poelln.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Anthericaceae, Nordal (University of Oslo), Shakkie Kativu (University of Zimbabwe) & Axel D. Poulsen (University of Copenhagen). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1997

    Habit
    Plants 5–8(–12) cm. high, growing in clumps.
    Rhizomes
    Rhizome horizontal, long and narrow, stoloniferous, with subterranean runners producing new plants; roots reduced to sessile elongated tubers.
    Leaves
    Leaves rosulate, ± prostrate, linear to oblanceolate, membranous, pubescent on the adaxial surface, glabrous on the abaxial surface, 3–10 cm. long, 0.5–1.5(–2) cm. wide; margins ciliate.
    Peduncles
    Peduncle terete, closely ribbed, pubescent, 1.3–2.2 cm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence dense, unbranched; floral bracts lanceolate, ciliate.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels articulated at the apex, up to 3 mm. long, solitary at the nodes.
    Perianth
    Perianth slightly campanulate; tepals connate, white, 1-veined.
    Stamens
    Stamens exserted; filaments filiform, longer than the anthers.
    Ovary
    Ovary sessile to subsessile; style as long as the stamens.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, 2.5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds saucer-shaped, ± 1.5 mm. in diameter.
    Habitat
    In open Brachystegia woodland and grassland, on bare patches, often on sandy soils; 800–2600 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T5 T8
    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca Anthericaceae by S. Kativu, G. Hoell, C.S. Bjorå & I. Nordal

    Habit
    Plants 5–15 cm high.
    Rhizomes
    Rhizome horizontal, long, narrow with nodes.
    Roots
    Roots reduced to sessile elongated tubers, three or more to each rhizome node.
    Leaves
    Leaves in basal rosette, (1)2–3 per plant, close to ground or rarely erect, linear to oblanceolate, 3–20 cm × 2–15(30) mm, pubescent on adaxial surface, glabrous on abaxial surface, rarely sparsely hairy, margins ± undulate, ciliate.
    Peduncles
    Peduncle terete, closely ribbed, pubescent, 1.5–3 cm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence dense, unbranched; floral bracts lanceolate, ciliate on margins.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels solitary, articulated at apex, c.3 mm long.
    Perianth
    Perianth united at base, slightly bell-shaped, white; tepals 1-veined, glabrous.
    Stamens
    Stamens exserted; filaments longer than anthers, filiform.
    Ovary
    Ovary sessile to subsessile, with c.7 ovules per locule; style as long as stamens.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, 3-angled, c.2.5 × 3 mm.
    Seeds
    Seeds saucer-shaped, c.1.4 mm across.
    Distribution
    Also in Tanzania, Congo and Angola.
    Ecology
    In open woodland, on bare patches, often on sandy soils; 450–1300 m.
    Conservation
    Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Chlorophytum leptoneurum (C.H.Wright) Poelln. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Richards, H.M. [19647], Tanzania 28753.000
    Mildbraed [9662], Cameroon K000256845 Unknown type material
    McClounie [89], Malawi K000256922 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Portugaliae Acta Biol., Sér. B, Sist. 1: 358 (1947)

    Accepted by

    • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds.) (2004). A Checklist of Zimbabwean Vascular Plants: 1-148. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network (SABONET), Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 22 (1997).
    • ―Kativu in Kirkia 15: 65 (1994).
    • in Portug. Acta Biol., sér.B 1: 358 (1947).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Poelln. in Portug. Acta Biol., sér. B, 1: 358 (1946).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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