Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum (Baker) Kativu

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Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum

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Kundalila Falls, Serenje Distr., Central Province

Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Kundalila Falls, Serenje Distr., Central Province

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Synonyms: Anthericum caespitosum Dinter
Anthericum calyptrocarpum Baker
Anthericum curvifolium K. Krause
Anthericum tenellum Welw. ex Baker
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Herb, small and grass-like, growing from a short, vertical, regularly constricted rhizome with fibrous remains of old leaf bases; roots spongy, cylindrical, often reduced to elongated sessile tubers; leaves fascicled, up to 10 per plant, filiform, 12 -18 cm long, glandular spotted, margins ciliate, leaf bases dilated; peduncle bracteates, terete, glandular spotted, up to 75 cm long, sterile bracts lanceolate; inflorescence a panicle with up to 7 branches, c. 60 cm long, sometimes bearing small plantlets; floral bracts minute, glabrous; pedicles articulated below middle, lower ones 2 per node, upper ones solitary, c. 4 mm long in fruit; perianth white; tepals 3-veined; stamens shorter than perianth; filaments filiform, longer than anthers; style as long as stamen; capsule small, shallow deltoid, glabrous, covered in remains of dry perianth; seeds irregularly folded, c. 0.9 mm across.
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Flowering time:Feb - Jun
Worldwide distribution: From Angola east to Mozambique south to N South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 53 - 55. (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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum., retrieved 19 May 2024

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