Chlorophytum gothanense Malpure & S.R.Yadav

This species is accepted, and its native range is India (Maharashtra).


Malpure, N.V. & Yadav, S.R. 2009. Chlorophytum gothanense, a new species of Anthericaceae from the Western Ghats of India. Kew Bulletin 64: 739. DOI:

Only known from the type locality therefore considered Data Deficient (DD) until more material is found from other locations.
The somatic chromosome count of the species is 2n=28.
Growing in the crevices on open exposed lateritic plateaus; 965 m. The common associates are HabenariaheyneanaLindl., H. panchganiensisSantapau & Kapadia, Hedyotis spp., Hypoxisaurea Lour., Impatiens acaulisArn., I. balsamina L., I. tomentosaHeyne ex Wight & Arn., Sonerilascapigera Hook., Neanotislatifolia (Dalzell) Deb & R. M. Dutta, Lepidagathis spp., etc.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial tuberous herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 5 – 11, all radical, sessile, imbricate at base; leaf lamina 7 – 37 × 1.5 – 3 cm, lanceolate to lorate or ensiform, slightly falcate, subcoriaceous, channelled, 14 – 18 veined, apex acute-acuminate, margins hyaline
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, 2.4 – 2.6 cm across, bracteate, pedicellate, usually in alternate clusters, each consisting of 1 – 3 flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 6, 0.7 – 1.0 cm long, spreading, erect; filaments 0.4 – 0.5 cm long, white, linear throughout, equal or shorter than the anthers, glabrous; anthers 0.4 – 0.5 cm long, yellow, 2-celled, dehiscing by longitudinal slits
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2 – 3 mm broad, sessile, green, globose; style 1.2 – 1.3 cm long, spreading, declinate; stigma minutely papillose at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 6, in two whorls of 3 each, divergent in flower, outer perianth segments 1.2 – 1.4 × 0.3 – 0.4 cm, ovate-elliptic, 5-nerved, white, apex acute Inner perianth segments 1.3 – 1.4 × 0.3 – 0.4 cm, lanceolate, flat, 5-nerved, white, apex obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules green, brown to black at dehiscence, triquetrous to 3-sulcate, 0.7 – 0.9 × 0.6 – 0.8 cm, obcordate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Floral bracts large, subtending many smaller bracts, 0.7 – 1.0 × 0.3 – 0.4 cm, persistent, acute with triangular base, margins hyaline; pedicels 0.9 – 1.3 cm long, whitish, jointed at the middle, nodding in flower, disarticulating at the joint, lower part of the pedicel cylindric, persistent, 0.6 – 0.8 cm long, elongating in fruit up to 1.3 cm, part above the joint cylindric, falling of with the flower or fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape 1(2), to 35 cm long, unbranched, usually longer than leaves, without sterile bracts in the lower portion
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1 – 4 in each cell, 2.3 – 4 mm across, orbicular, discoid, black
Morphology Roots
Root tubers 5 – 13, stalked, elliptic, fusiform, up to 15 cm long
The specific epithet gothanense refers to Gothane plateau in Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra State from where the species was first collected. Chlorophytumgothanense is similar to C. borivilianumSantapau & R. R. Fern. but differs in the characters listed in Table 1.
Flowering July – Sept.; fruiting Aug. – Sept.
India, Maharashtra, Ratnagiri, Gothane (17°05.355′ N, 3°45.534′ E), 23 July 2005, Malpure 2 (holotypus CAL; isotypi BSI, K, Shivaji University Herbarium).

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Chlorophytum gothanense Malpure & S.R.Yadav appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 64: 739 (2009 publ. 2010)

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