Chlorophytum colubrinum (Baker) Engl.

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Chlorophytum colubrinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Chlorophytum colubrinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Chlorophytum colubrinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Chlorophytum campanulatum (Baker) Engl.
Dasystachys campanulata Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, up to 1.4 m tall, often forming clumps. leaves subdistichous, 4-7(12) per plant, sheathing at the base, 12-75 cm long, linear to linear-lanceolate, hairless; margins rough, sometimes shortly ciliate. Inflorescence a dense spike, up to 25 cm long on a terete peduncle up to 95 cm long, well exserted above the leaves. Flowers solitary in each bract, small, bell-shaped, white. Fruit an obovoid, 3-angled capsule, 4-8 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Open woodland and wooded grassland, often in light soils and rocky areas.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 10 October 2019

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 287. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 119. As Chlorophytum colubrina

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 66 - 69. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 85.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 24. as Dasystachys campanulata (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 104.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Chlorophytum colubrinum
Flora of Mozambique: Chlorophytum colubrinum
Flora of Zambia: Chlorophytum colubrinum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum colubrinum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum colubrinum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum colubrinum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum colubrinum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum colubrinum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum colubrinum
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum colubrinum
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Wikipedia: Chlorophytum colubrinum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Chlorophytum colubrinum., retrieved 11 December 2023

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