Chlorophytum pusillum Schweinf. ex Baker

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Chlorophytum pusillum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
On the northern slope of the Munali Hills, Chikankata District

Chlorophytum pusillum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
On the northern slope of the Munali Hills, Chikankata District

Chlorophytum pusillum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Plot 67, Farm 401a Lilayi, Lusaka from material collected in the Munali Hills, Chikankata District

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb; small, up to 3.5 cm. tall; rhizome not distinct; roots short with elongated tubers; leaves in basal rosette, 1-4, prostrate, 2.5-19.5 × 1.2-10 cm., oblanceolate. Inflorescence dense, unbranched, to 1.5 cm. long; tepals white, c. 7 mm. long. Capsule shallowly deltoid; seeds black, slightly folded to saucer-shaped.
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Derivation of specific name: pusillum: insignificant, small, weak
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Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Literature:

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 87 - 89. (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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum pusillum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum pusillum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum pusillum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chlorophytum pusillum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chlorophytum pusillum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum pusillum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum pusillum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chlorophytum pusillum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chlorophytum pusillum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum pusillum
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum pusillum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum pusillum
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum pusillum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Chlorophytum pusillum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113510, retrieved 30 June 2022

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