Chlorophytum subpetiolatum (Baker) Kativu

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Chlorophytum subpetiolatum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka District, Lusaka

Chlorophytum subpetiolatum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka District, Lusaka

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Synonyms: Anthericum bifoliatum Poelln
Anthericum bragae Engl.
Anthericum dimorphum Poelln
Anthericum laurentii De Wild. var. minor
Anthericum monophyllum Baker
Anthericum stolzii Engl. & K. Krause
Anthericum subpetiolatum Baker
Anthericum triphyllum Baker
Chlorophytum fusiforme Rendle
Chlorophytum moniliforme Rendle
Chlorophytum unyikense Engl. & K. Krause
Debesia minor (De Wild.) Robyns & Tournay
Common names:
Status: Native
Solitary or clumped plants up to 70 cm tall growing from a thick, regularly constricted rhizome with spongy fusiform swollen roots tapering to the tips; leaves often dimorphic, 1-7 in 2 rows or almost so, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, erect, 4-70 x 1-2 cm., hairless or pubescent with scabrid or ciliate margins; peduncles 1-3 per plant, angled, often glabrous at base and pubescent above, up to 36 cm long; pedicels articulated below middle, up to 5 mm long in fruit, 1-3 per node; perianth white, tepals 7.5-15 mm long, 3(5) veined, stamens shorter than perianth; capsule rounded to deltoid in cross section smooth or slightly ridged; seeds irregularly folded, c.1.6 mm across.
Derivation of specific name: subpetiolatum: somewhat stalked, in reference the pseudopetiolate nature of the leaves
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed from Ethiopia through Central and East Africa south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 289.

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 50 - 54. (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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 26. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 41.

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Chlorophytum subpetiolatum., retrieved 22 July 2024

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