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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Zambia.
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 18–140(–200) cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome vertical, short, covered with a dense mass of roots; roots, spongy, extensive, without tubers.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous, closely veined, with prominent midrib and margins, linear to linear-lanceolate, clasping below, 9–70 cm. long, 0.4–1(–2.5) cm. wide; margins glabrous, scabrid or ciliate, not undulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, with bract-like leaves all along, glabrous, up to 80 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a loose panicle, sometimes only with a few branches; rhachis terete, glabrous; floral bracts ovate, scabrid or shortly ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated below to near the middle, up to 12 mm. long in fruit, 2–4-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white or sometimes yellowish white; tepals 7–11 mm. long, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens slightly exserted; filaments filiform, 6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; style filiform, equal to longer than the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule obovoid, triquetrous, ± 8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds disc-shaped, 2 mm. in diameter.
Figures
Fig. 2/6.
Habitat
In montane grassland and scrubland, often in gullies and around water courses, on stony ground; 800–2800 m.
Distribution
T4 T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants 18–140(200) cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome vertical, short, covered with dense mass of roots.
Morphology Roots
Roots many, spongy, without tubers.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves many, glabrous, closely veined, linear to linear-lanceolate, clasping below, 9–70 × 0.4–2.5 cm, margins glabrous, scabrid or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, bracteate, glabrous, up to 80 cm long, 12 mm wide at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a loose panicle with up to 20 branches; rachis terete, glabrous; floral bracts ovate, scabrid or shortly ciliate at apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 2–4 per node, articulated at middle, to 12 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white; tepals c.7 mm long, 3-veined on keel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens slightly exserted, 8 mm long; filaments filiform, 6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; style filiform, shorter than stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule obovoid, 3-angled, c.8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds disk-shaped, c.2 mm across.
Distribution
Also in Tanzania.
Ecology
In montane grassland and scrubland, often in gullies and around water courses, on stony ground; 1800–2000 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Restricted montane distribution; probably Lower Risk near threatened.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Chlorophytum nyasae (Rendle) Kativu appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1992 Purves [17], Malawi K000256955 holotype
Jan 1, 1992 Purves [17], Malawi K000256956 holotype
Jan 1, 1989 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000256953 isotype
Jan 1, 1989 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000256954 isotype

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

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
  • 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), as nyassae.
  • in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 63 (1993);
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 13 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Kativu in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 63 (1993), as ‘ nyassae ’.

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