Chlorophytum bowkeri Baker

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Chlorophytum bowkeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

Chlorophytum bowkeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

Chlorophytum bowkeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside just before Bunga Forest, Vumba

Chlorophytum bowkeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba road near Castle Beacon.

Chlorophytum bowkeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba road near Castle Beacon.

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Synonyms: Chlorophytum magnificum Weim.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, up to 1.5 m, often forming large clumps. Leaves in a large basal tuft, linear. inflorescence on a long fleshy peduncle, usually unbranched, rarely with short branches at the base. Flowers with stalks joined near the middle, large and showy; tepals white, spreading; anthers long and yellow.
Derivation of specific name: bowkeri: after J.H. Bowker (1822-1900), South African Naturalist who sent a living plant to Kew Botanic Gardens in England.
Habitat: In rocky places in montane grassland and at the margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 11 April 2012

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 50 - 51. (Includes a picture).

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) Page 84.

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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 113.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 68 - 69. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Chlorophytum bowkeri
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum bowkeri
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum bowkeri
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum bowkeri
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum bowkeri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum bowkeri
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum bowkeri
Tropicos: Chlorophytum bowkeri
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum bowkeri

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chlorophytum bowkeri., retrieved 9 December 2023

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