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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.

[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 60 cm tall, from a short fibrous rhizome; roots fleshy, without tubers
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in a rosette, lanceolate to broadly elliptic, 20–80 mm wide, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence much branched, lax, glabrous; peduncle leafless; flowers usually 2 at each node; pedicels 12–40 mm long, articulated in upper part
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, c. 8 mm long, 3-nerved, spreading
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens subequal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 3–3.5 x 4–4.5 mm, with the spreading persistent tepals at the base.
Distribution
S1; S Ethiopia, N Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range c. 250 m.
Note
The only collection seen from Somalia was made near Garbaharrey along road to Luuq.

[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 30–60 cm.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome short, bearing fibrous remnants from previous years’ leaves; roots swollen and thick throughout their length.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves rosulate, broadly lanceolate, ± rounded at apex, 10–25 cm. long, 2.5–5 cm. wide, sheathing below, often with a hyaline margin; sheathing cataphylls sometimes present.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, 10–25 cm., leafless, but sometimes with one sterile bract below the inflorescence.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a much-branched panicle; floral bracts short, lanceolate and acute, supporting stiffly patent lateral branches up to 30 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels articulated near the apex, stiffly patent to semipatent, up to 25 mm. long, 2–3-nate at the lower nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals patent, 5–6 mm. long, 2–2.5 mm. wide, white with a greenish dorsal stripe, 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than the tepals; filaments filform, scabrid, sometimes pinkish in upper parts, ± 3 mm. long; anthers 1.5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style straight.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule deltate in cross-section, emarginate, ± 4 mm. long, Seeds saucer-shaped, 2 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
In open woodland or bushland, often on rocky outcrops, dominated by Acacia, Commiphora and/or Combretum, often in degraded and grazed vegetation, on red lateritic soils or on white gritty soils, over granite or limestone; 1050–1600 m.
Distribution
K1 K4

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Chlorophytum zavattarii (Cufod.) Nordal appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillett, J.B. [14060], Kenya Anthericum zavattarii 2363.000

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 65 (1993)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

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: 318 (1994).
  • Nordal & Thulin in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 278 (1993).
  • Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 97 (1997).
  • Nordal in Nordic Journ. Bot. 13: 65 (1993).
  • Thulin, Fl. Somalia 4: 48 (1995).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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