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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon, E. Tropical Africa.
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 up to 120 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome vertical, short, thick, bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots thick (diameter up to 1 cm.) and spongy, whitish, extensive, without tubers.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often hysteranthous, rosulate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, not petiolate, glabrous, 20–45 cm. long, (0.6–)1–2.5 cm. wide; margins undulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, glabrous, 2–6 mm. in diameter, up to 70 cm. long, with deciduous leaves all along.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax panicle, much exserted above the leaves; floral bracts lanceolate, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated below to near the middle, sometimes near the base, 7–15 mm. long, 3–6(–10)-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth whitish, tinged or streaked white on the outside, urceolate; tepals reflexed distally, not ligulate, 6–10 mm. long, ± 2–3 mm. wide, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments scabrid to papillose, fusiform, widest in upper half, ± 5 mm. long; anthers versatile, 1.5–2 mm. long, twisted after anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary narrowing towards the base but not stipitate as in the previous species; style straight, ± 6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule triquetrous, 5–11 mm. long, emarginate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds disc-shaped, 2–3 mm. in diameter.
Figures
Fig. 2/3–5.
Habitat
Rocky outcrops, on shallow black clayish soils; 500–2700 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K6 K7 T2 T3 U1

Native to:

Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Chlorophytum viridescens Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Drummond, R. B. [1324], Tanzania 2400.000
Polhill, R. [1551], Tanzania 3691.000
Volkens [2155], Tanzania K000257029 isotype

First published in Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 140 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 317 (1994).
  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 509 (1898).
  • Engl., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 140 (1895).
  • Polhill in Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24: 15 (1962).

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