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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.

[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
Small plants, rarely more than 12 cm.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome moniliform, carrying short fibrous remnants from older leaves; roots wiry, shortly branched, bearing small tubers (up to 1 cm. long) mainly on the lateral root-branches.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± distichous, glabrous, narrowly lanceolate, petiolate, up to 16 cm. long and 1(–2) cm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle only 1–2 cm. long, prostrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence, up to 15 cm. long, lying flat on the ground, simple or with one basal branch, lax, with elongated internodes; rhachis scabrid to pubescent; floral bracts up to 5 mm., sometimes ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated in lower half, 6–9 mm. at anthesis, elongating slightly in fruit, 2-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth open, white; tepals 5–7 mm. long, less than 2 mm. wide, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than the tepals; filaments fusiform, scabrid, 4 mm. long, anthers 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style straight, slightly shorter than the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds not known.
Habitat
In shallow stony soils in bushland or woodland often dominated by Acacia and Commiphora; 450–850 m.
Distribution
K1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Chlorophytum humifusum Cufod. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillett, J.B. [12661], Kenya 2392.000
Gillett, J.B. [14139], Kenya 2393.000

First published in Miss. Biol. Borana, Racc. Bot., Angiosp.-Gymnosp.: 311 (1939)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg.) p. 1534 (1971).
  • Cufod., Miss. Biol. Borana, Racc. Bot.: 311, fig. 101 (1939).
  • Nordal & Thulin in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 265 (1993).
  • Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 100 (1997).
  • Polhill in Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24: 13 (1962).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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