Chlorophytum brachystachyum Baker

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Chlorophytum brachystachyum

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Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

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Synonyms: Chlorophytum trachycarpum Oberm.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb, 25-45 cm high often forming clumps. Leaves mostly basal, oblong-lanceolate, 5-40 cm long, narrowing towards the bas; margin undulate, ciliate-fimbriate. Inflorescence mostly an unbranched, densely flowered spike, often on a short flowering stem. Flowers 2-5 per node, white with spreading or reflexed tepals; anthers 6, bright yellow; filaments shorter than anthers. Floral bracts long, whitish, ciliate-fimbriate, ending in a bristle-like tip, Capsule, 3-angled, 4 × 5 mm, tuberculate when fresh.
Derivation of specific name: brachystachyum: with a short spike
Habitat: In rocky soils and on termite mounds in woodland, preferring moist and shady situations.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, Congo-Brassaville, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi-Namibia.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 22 May 2019

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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.

Kativu, S. (1994). Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) Page 54.

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 77 - 79. (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.

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

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Flora of Botswana: Chlorophytum brachystachyum
Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum brachystachyum
Flora of Mozambique: Chlorophytum brachystachyum
Flora of Zambia: Chlorophytum brachystachyum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum brachystachyum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum brachystachyum
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Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum brachystachyum
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Wikipedia: Chlorophytum brachystachyum

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 Caprivi: Species information: Chlorophytum brachystachyum., retrieved 25 July 2024

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