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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 variable, clumped or single, 10–40 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome thick, horizontal to vertical, distinctly moniliform, occasionally tuberous, bearing fibrous remains of old leaf-bases; roots spongy, swollen at the base, tapering towards the tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often dimorphic, distichous or nearly so, ± clasping the base of the peduncle, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, glabrous or pubescent, sometimes ribbed with raised margin and ribs, 5–30 cm. long, 0.5–2(–5) cm. wide, outer ones wider and cataphyll-like, inner ones petiolate; margins scabrid or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles papillate to pubescent particularly in the upper half, occasionally pubescent throughout, 5–40 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a ± lax raceme, 5–15 cm. long; floral bracts oblanceolate, scabrid to ciliate on the margins, lower ones up to 2 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels usually articulated below the middle, 3–6 mm. long, 2–3-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth open, star-shaped; tepals 8–15 mm. long, 2.5–4 mm. wide, 3(–5)-veined, white, sometimes tinged greenish or brownish medially towards the tip outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than the tepals; filaments filiform, 2.5–5 mm. long, sometimes broadened towards the base, papillate; anthers, 3.5–5 mm., often somewhat longer than the filaments, twisted when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style declinate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule shallowly 3-lobed to rounded-deltate in cross-section, smooth to slightly ridged, 5–9 mm. long and 6–8 mm. wide, slightly emarginate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds irregularly folded, ± 1.5–2 mm. in diameter.
Figures
Fig. 7.
Habitat
In all kinds of open woodland, wooded grassland, grassland, even on ± barren soils; tolerates heavy grazing and erosion, often found on very shallow soil overlying rock, different substrates from sandy to heavy seasonally flooded soils, most common on the latter; 50–2450 m.
Distribution
K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 widespread in the Sudano-Zambesian region from Nigeria east to Ethiopia and south to Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Plant up to at least 40 cm tall, from a densely fibrous sometimes moniliform rhizome with fleshy roots without tubers
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± in 2 rows, linear, up to at least 10 mm wide, the outer ones often much shorter than the others, glabrous or ciliate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a simple raceme, fairly dense, glabrous, papillose or pubescent; peduncle leafless; flowers 1–3 at each node; bracts c. 6–10 mm long; pedicels 4–7 mm long, articulated near the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, c. 12 mm long, 3-nerved, spreading
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens subequal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 5–7 x 5–6 mm.
Distribution
S1 (Buur Heybo) Ethiopia and west to Nigeria and south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 300 m.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants highly variable, clumped or single, 4–70 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome thick in mature plants, regularly constricted, with fibrous remains of old leaf bases.
Morphology Roots
Roots spongy, fusiform, swollen at base, tapering towards tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often dimorphic, in 2 rows or almost so, 1–7 to a stem, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 4–70 × 1–2 cm, outer ones wider and cataphyll-like, inner ones pseudopetiolate, glabrous or pubescent, margins scabrid or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles 1–3 per plant with oldest central, angled, often glabrous below and pubescent in upper half, occasionally pubescent throughout, up to 36 cm long; floral bracts oblanceolate, scabrid on margins, lower ones to 5.5 cm long, upper ones progressively smaller; lower nodes sometimes geminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1–3 per node, articulated below middle, up to 5 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white, 7.5–15 mm long; tepals 3(5)-veined, occasionally with outer veins branching from midway.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than perianth; anthers frequently rolled on drying, longer than filaments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 14–20 ovules per locule; style slightly declinate, exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule rounded to deltoid in cross section, smooth to slightly ridged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds irregularly folded, c.1.6 mm across.
Distribution
Widely distributed from Ethiopia, through Central and East Africa and westwards to Angola and Congo.
Ecology
In open woodland and wooded grassland, often on stony soils; 50–1200 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small herb
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
A short inflorescence of white flowers.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Stolz. [118], Tanzania K000257056 isotype
Jan 1, 1997 Stolz. [118], Tanzania K000257057 isotype
Jan 1, 1992 Schweinfurth, G. [1793], Sudan K000256870 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1992 Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000256915 isotype
Mildbraed [9416], Cameroon K000256852 Unknown type material
Schweinfurth, G. [1739], Sudan K000256869 Unknown type material
Schweinfurth, G. [1581], Sudan K000256868 Unknown type material
Stolz. [2403], Tanzania K000257055 isotype
McClounie, J. [101], Mozambique K000256916 Unknown type material
Polhill [398], Kenya Anthericum subpetiolatum 1261.000
Drummond, R.B. [1470], Tanzania Anthericum subpetiolatum 2359.000
Rayner, R.W. [610], Kenya Anthericum subpetiolatum 2360.000
Wild, H. [3707], Zimbabwe Anthericum subpetiolatum 2361.000
German, R. [7497], Congo, DRC Anthericum subpetiolatum 2362.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [7475], Tanzania Anthericum subpetiolatum 24448.000
Ash [1943], Ethiopia Anthericum subpetiolatum 35541.000
Ash [901], Ethiopia Anthericum subpetiolatum 36424.000
Polhill, R. [1014], Kenya Anthericum subpetiolatum 3680.000
Wild, H. [44817], Zimbabwe Anthericum subpetiolatum 4419.000
Wild, H. [3905], Zimbabwe Anthericum subpetiolatum 5427.000
Rayner [311], Kenya Anthericum subpetiolatum 5429.000
Polhill, R. [1144], Tanzania Anthericum subpetiolatum 5567.000

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 64 (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.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds.) (2004). A Checklist of Zimbabwean Vascular Plants: 1-148. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network (SABONET), Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Kirkia 15: 79 (1994).
  • in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 64 (1993);
  • ―Nordal, Kativu & Poulsen in F.T.E.A., Anthericaceae: 36 (1997).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 317, t. 145 (1994).
  • Kativu in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 64 (1993).
  • Nordal & Thulin in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 276 (1993).
  • Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 100, fig. 190.7 (1997).
  • Thulin, Fl. Somalia 4: 48 (1995).

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Flora of Somalia
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