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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Kenya and Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants variable, slender to moderately robust, often in dense clumps, 10–40 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome horizontal, extensive, moniliform, occasionally branched, carrying the fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots thin and wiry, with whitish subglobose tubers, 1–3 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, erect to falcate, often canaliculate, sometimes finely undulate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, firm, 10–40 cm. long, 4–20 mm. wide, margins and often midribs as well ciliate; leaf-bases and cataphylls blotched with greenish brown to brownish red spots or bands.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles upright or geniculately curved (arcuate) at the base, angled, glabrous to shortly hairy below, densely papillate to pubescent above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a short, 3–13 cm. long, simple raceme; rhachis angled, pubescent, sometimes sinuate, scabrid to pubescent; floral bracts lanceolate, cuspidate, ciliate on the margins, lowermost up to 7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels suberect, articulated near the middle or in the lower half to near base, ± papillate, 3.5–10 mm. long in fruit, 1–3-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, star-shaped; tepals patent, (6–)8–11 mm. long, 2–4 mm. wide, 3(–5)-veined, with a greenish brown stripe on the outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens equal to shorter than the tepals; filaments filiform to fusiform, glabrous, 3–6 mm. long; anthers 2–5 mm. long, twistedafter anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style straight, slightly longer than the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule deeply triquetrous, smooth to slightly transversely ridged, 4–5 mm. long, 5–7 mm. wide, emarginate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds saucer-shaped to flat, 2–3 mm. in diameter.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants variable, often in dense clumps, 6–50 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome horizontal, extensive, regularly constricted, occasionally branched and spreading, up to 12 cm long.
Morphology Roots
Roots wiry, bearing white tubers at tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in 2 rows, 4–9 per plant, linear to broadly-linear, rarely linear-lanceolate, 10–48 cm × 5–24 mm, margins shortly ciliate, leaf bases and cataphylls blotched with greenish-brown to brownish-red spots.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles 1–3 per plant, upright, geniculately ascending or curved below inflorescence, axillary, seldom central, angled, glabrous to shortly hairy below, densely papillate above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a short simple raceme, sparse below, densely flowered above.
Morphology Leaves Rachis
Rachis angled, white pubescent; floral bracts lanceolate, aristate, ciliate on margins, lower ones to 5 cm long, upper ones much shorter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated below middle, 1–3 per node, 5–10 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white, c.7 mm long; tepals obovoid and 3-veined on keel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than perianth; anthers linear, as long as or longer than filaments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style slightly exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule globose, trigonous, deeply lobed, smooth, c.4 × 5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds saucer-shaped, 2.2 mm across.

[FWTA]

Liliaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Small rhizomatous herb
Morphology Leaves
Arching leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Sometimes recurved inflorescences
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white.

Native to:

Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Chlorophytum affine Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Milne-Redhead, E. [7904], Tanzania 24414.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [2901A], Zambia 30259.000
Wild, H. [3970], Zimbabwe 5438.000
Polhill, R. [1212], Tanzania 5570.000
Barter [s.n.], Nigeria K000256811 Unknown type material
Verdcourt, B. [758], Uganda Anthericum taylorianum 4420.000

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 29: 160 (1875)

Accepted by

  • (2020). https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.297.2.2 epublication.
  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento.
  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Meerts, P. & Bjorå, C.S. (2012). Synopsis of the genus Chlorophytum (Asparagaceae) in Central Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi) Plant ecology and evolution 145: 373-409.
  • Meerts, P. (2015). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaïre - Rwanda - Burundi) Anthericaceae: 1-119. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 15: 327 (1876).
  • in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 29: 160, t.104 (1875);
  • ―Baker in F.T.A. 7: 507 (1898).
  • ―Hanid in Kew Bull. 29: 586 (1974).
  • ―Kativu in Kirkia 15: 49 (1994)
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 23 (1997).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 318, t. 146 (1994).
  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 507 (1898).
  • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 15: 327 (1876).
  • Baker in Trans. Linn. Soc. 29: 160, t. 104 (1875)
  • Engl. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 140 (1895).
  • Hanid in Kew Bulletin 29: 588 (1974).

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