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This species is accepted, and its native range is 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 loosely tufted, 10–50 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome thick, moniliform, often with fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots spongy and thick, sometimes reduced to sessile elongated tuber-like structures.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves hysteranthous, rosulate, linear, sheathing at the base, glabrous, much shorter than the peduncle, up to 25 cm. long and 5 mm. wide; margins minutely papillate, scabrid or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, with small bract-like leaves along its entire length, breaking up on drying.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence usually an unbranched lax raceme, sometimes with 1–3 branches at the base; floral bracts small, scarious, lanceolate to ovate, aristate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated below the middle, 10–14 mm. long in fruit, 2–4-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white with dull pinkish to brownish stripes on the outside; tepals 3(–5)-veined, 7–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than the perianth; filaments, 4–5 mm. long, glabrous, filiform; anthers up to ± the same length, often curved on drying.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style as long as the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, trigonous, ± 5 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, shallowly transversely ridged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds irregularly folded, 2 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
In dry open woodland and bushed grassland, on stony shallow soils; 800–2000 m.
Distribution
K3 T4 T7 U1 U3

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants loosely tufted, 10–40(95) cm high, often with leafy sterile shoots.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome thick, bulbous, regularly constricted, bearing fibrous remains of old leaf bases.
Morphology Roots
Roots spongy, thick, occasionally reduced to sessile elongated tuberous structures.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves appearing after flowering, rosette-forming, linear, up to 26 cm long × 5 mm wide, sheathing at base, narrowed above, glabrous, margins minutely papillate, scabrid or cilliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, bracteate for entire length, often as long as leaves; bracts lanceolate, sometimes leafy, breaking up on drying.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence often unbranched, occasionally with 1–3 branches at the base, lax; floral bracts small, scarious, lanceolate to ovate, with bristle-like point.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated below middle, lower ones 2–4 per node, 9–14 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white; tepals 3(5)-veined, 7–15 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than perianth; anthers shorter or as long as glabrous filiform filaments, often curved backwards on drying.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; style as long as stamens; stigma minutely penicillate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, 3-angled, deeply lobed, c.5 ×4 mm, shallowly transversely ridged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds irregularly folded, c.2 mm across.
Distribution
Also in Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Ecology
In montane grassland and open woodland on stony shallow soils; 150–2000 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with a fibrous corm flowering leafless or nearly so
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Slender usually unbranched inflorescences a few inches to 11/2 ft. high bearing scale leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white with a pink median stripe on each tepal
Note
Flowering in the dry season in savanna grassland.

Native to:

Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Chlorophytum nubicum (Baker) Kativu appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dalziel, J.M. [261], Nigeria K000256838 Unknown type material
Dalziel, J.M. [230], Nigeria K000256839 Unknown type material
Chevalier [6734], Central African Republic K000256849 Unknown type material
Petherick, J. [s.n.], Sudan K001044979
Petherick, J. [s.n.], Sudan K001044978 holotype
Keay, R.W.J. [22497], Nigeria Anthericum nubicum 16706.000
Hepper, F.N. [1385], Nigeria Anthericum nubicum 27489.000
Meikle, R.D. [1006], Nigeria Anthericum nubicum 31422.000

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 63 (1993)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Zambesiaca

  • in Kirkia 15: 69 (1994).
  • in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 63 (1993);
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 15 (1997).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 317 (1994).
  • Kativu in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 63 (1993).
  • Nordal & Thulin in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 271 (1993).
  • Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 94 (1997).

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