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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants small, up to 3.5 cm high, often in patches.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome not distinct.
Morphology Roots
Roots short, spongy, with elongated tubers, or reduced to sessile or subsessile elongated tuberous structures.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in basal rosette, prostrate, 1–4 per plant, rarely more, 2.5–19.5 × 1.2–10 cm, oblanceolate, membranous, glabrous, margins crisped, often scabrid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle reduced, terete, up to 10 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence unbranched, dense, to 1.5 cm long, pedicels short, 2–3(5) mm long, without articulation points.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white; tepals 3-veined, c.7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as perianth; filaments filiform, 4.5–5 mm long, longer than anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile, with c.5 ovules per locule; style as long as stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule shallowly deltoid, smooth, c.4 × 3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds slightly folded, saucer-shaped.
Distribution
Also in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Central African Republic, Sudan and Tanzania.
Ecology
In woodland in shade, often in rock crevices and on termite mounds; 400–1200 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[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, often in patches, up to 3.5 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome not distinct; roots short, ± spongy, with elongated tubers, roots sometimes reduced to sessile or subsessile elongated tuberous structures.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves rosulate, ± prostrate, 1–4 to a plant, rarely more, oblanceolate, thinly membranous, glabrous, (2.5–)5–15 cm. long, (1.5–)3–10 cm. wide; margins crisped, in SW. Tanzania a form occurs with red ciliate margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle reduced, up to 1(–3) cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence unbranched, dense, 2–5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels apparently without articulation, 1–5 mm. long, several at each node.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white; tepals 4–5 mm. long, ± 1 mm. wide, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as the perianth; filaments fusiform and papillate, 2.5–5 mm. long, longer than the anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile, with ± 5 ovules per locule; style straight, as long as the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule shallowly deltoid, smooth, ± 4 mm. long, 3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds slightly folded, saucer-shaped, ± 1.5 mm. in diameter.
Figures
Fig. 11/2–5.
Habitat
In woodland in shade, often in rock crevices and on termite mounds; 1000–1400 m.
Distribution
T5 T6 T7 U1

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Leaves appressed to the ground forming a mat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white
Ecology
Under moist rocks in savanna.

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Chlorophytum pusillum Schweinf. ex Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 23, 2013 Luke [15577], Mali K000499531
Schweinfurth, G. [2043], Sudan K000256893 Unknown type material
Schweinfurth, G. [2043], Sudan K000256894 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 16: 325 (1878)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Andrews, F.W. (1956). The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 1-579. T.Buncle & co., LTD., Arbroath, Scotland.
  • 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.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds.) (2004). A Checklist of Zimbabwean Vascular Plants: 1-148. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network (SABONET), Pretoria.
  • 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 of West Tropical Africa

  • Aké Assi, Contrib. 2: 18 (227).
  • F.T.A. 7: 502
  • in J. Bot. 16: 325 (1878)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in F.T.A. 7: 502 (1898).
  • in J. Bot. 16: 325 (1878);
  • ―Hepper in F.W.T.A., ed.2 3: 100 (1968).
  • ―Kativu in Kirkia 15: 73 (1994).
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 55 (1997).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Berhaut, J. (1988). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 9: 1-522. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 502 (1898).
  • Baker in Journal of Botany 16: 325 (1878)
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 267 (1956).
  • Hepper in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3: 100 (1968).

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