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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. 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 30–70 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome horizontal, narrow, regularly constricted, with fibrous remains of old leaf bases.
Morphology Roots
Roots ± wiry; root tubers not seen.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in 2 rows, 5–8 per plant, grass-like, linear to broadly linear, 17–68 × 1–1.5 cm, sheathing the lower peduncle, narrowed above to a fine point.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, pubescent to pilose hairy, rarely glabrous on upper quarter, up to 45 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax panicle, with up to 15 branches, a single linear sterile bract at base of each branch; rachis terete, glabrous; floral bracts small, ovate, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1–2 per node, up to 8 mm long in fruit, articulated below middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth greenish; tepals c.3 mm long, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as perianth; anthers broad, greenish, shorter than minutely papillate filiform filaments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; style filiform, not exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, small, 3-angled, c.3.5 × 3.5 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds disk-shaped, c.2 mm across.
Distribution
Also in Tanzania and Congo.
Ecology
In open woodland and wooded grassland, often in shade; 1200–1500 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 30–70 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome horizontal, narrow, moniliform, bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots fibrous, with tubers usually on lateral branches.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous or nearly so, grass-like, ciliate to pubescent, linear, usually without coloured banding at the base, sheathing the lower peduncle, 20–50 cm. long, 2–6 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, ± pubescent, rarely glabrous, up to 45 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax panicle; rhachis terete, glabrous; floral bracts small, ovate, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels often articulated below the middle, sometimes in upper half, up to 10 mm. long in fruit, 2-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth yellowish green; tepals 3–4 mm. long, ± 1 mm. wide, 3–5-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as the perianth; filaments glabrous to papillate, ± 3 mm. long; anthers versatile, ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, triquetrous, 3–4 mm. long, 4–5.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds disc-shaped, 2 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
In open Brachystegia woodland and wooded grassland, often in shade; 950–1600 m.
Distribution
T1 T4 T5 T7 T8

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Chlorophytum vestitum Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000256947 holotype
Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000256946 Unknown type material

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 15: 326 (1876)

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 J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 15: 326 (1876).
  • ―Kativu in Kirkia 15: 81 (1994).
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 44 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 506 (1898).
  • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 15: 326 (1878).
  • Engl. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 140 (1895).

Flora Zambesiaca
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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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