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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plants 55–95 cm high, tufted.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome woody, horizontal, regularly constricted, often with concentric rings of old leaf attachments, with fibrous remains of old leaf bases.
Morphology Roots
Roots thick, tough, unbranched, bearing elongated tubers at tips.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in 2 rows, 45–94 × 4–6 cm, clasping, densely pubescent, linear to linear-lanceolate, narrowed above to an acute point, midrib prominent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle terete, bracteate for its entire length, glabrous at base, pubescent above; lower bracts leaf-like, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute, pubescent, upper ones reduced, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence unbranched, up to 30 cm long; rachis subterete, shallowly angled; floral bracts ovate to ovate-lanceolate, membranous, glabrous, with 3 anastomising veins at the keel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1–2 per node, articulated below the middle, short, up to 4 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth white, c.25 mm long; tepals 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c.12 mm long, declinate, in a 2+4 arrangement; filaments slightly dilated at middle, longer than anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; style exserted, declinate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule oblong, nearly rounded in cross section, transversely ridged, often bearing style remains, up to 14 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds irregularly folded, c.1 mm across.
Distribution
Also in Congo.
Ecology
In open woodland and grassland, on rocky and lateritic soils; 1200–1600 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Moderately widespread species; not threatened.

Doubtfully present in:

Tanzania

Native to:

Malawi, Zambia, Zaïre

Chlorophytum velutinum Kativu appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1989 Fanshawe, D.B. [9628], Zambia K000256920 holotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 503 (1993)

Accepted by

  • 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: 81 (1994).
  • in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 503 (1993);

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0