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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to 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 small, tufted, up to 20 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome short, moniliform, horizontal, bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots fibrous, bearing distinct tubers, sometimes close to the rhizome, with patterned surface towards the tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves rosulate, few, linear-lanceolate, clasping below, minutely pubescent to papillate, particularly on the veins, 6–12 cm. long, 4–6 mm. wide, the bases and cataphylls with papillate to ciliate margins; cataphylls distally patent, base whitish to orange with green veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle stiffly erect, never arcuate, terete, sometimes glabrous below, papillate to pubescent above, 7–10 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, open, exserted above the leaves, 6–20 cm. long; rhachis pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated near the middle, short, up to ± 4 mm. long in fruit, usually solitary at the nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white, papillose; tepals 3–5(–8) mm. long, 2 mm. wide, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long asthe perianth; filaments filiform, scabrid, ± 3 mm. long, longer than the 1 mm. long versatile anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style as long as the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule triquetrous, emarginate, ± 3 mm. long, 4–5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds saucer-shaped, 1.5–2 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
Woodland and wooded grassland, on brown sandy loam, often on termite mounds; 450–2000 m.
Distribution
T1 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants small, tufted, up to 20 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome short, regularly constricted, horizontal, with fibrous remains of old leaf bases.
Morphology Roots
Roots wiry, with tubers at tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–4, linear-lanceolate, narrowed above, clasping below, 6–16 cm × 4–10 mm, papillose to minutely pubescent on abaxial veins, leaf base and cataphylls, sometimes with banded pattern in red and white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle slender, terete, glabrous below, papillate above, to 10 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence unbranched, lax, exserted above leaves, 3–6 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels short, single at each node, articulated near apex, c.3 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white; tepals 3–5 mm long, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as perianth; filaments filiform, longer than anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style as long as stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3-angled, subglobose, c.3 × 5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds saucer-shaped, 1.5–2 mm across.
Distribution
Also in Tanzania.
Ecology
In woodland, sometimes on termite mounds; 1000–1800 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Chlorophytum fischeri (Baker) Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Polhill, R. [2173], Tanzania 29792.000
Fischer [591], Tanzania K000257041 holotype
Schlieben, H.J. [3086], Tanzania K000257042 isotype
Schlieben, H.J. [3086], Tanzania K000257043 isotype

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 506 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in F.T.A. 7: 506 (1898).
  • ―Kativu in Kirkia 15: 59 (1994).
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 26 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 506 (1898).

Flora Zambesiaca
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