Chlorophytum pygmaeum (Weim.) Kativu
subsp. pygmaeum

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Synonyms: Anthericum puberulum Weim.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herbs up to 2hm high, growing from a short horizontal, regularly constricted rhizome, forming dense tufts and often considerable mats. Roots wiry with small tubers at the tips. Leaves basal, usually 6-8 per plant, linear-lanceolate, 5-42 cm long and 9-18 mm wide, hairless or minutely puberulous on the veins. Peduncle flattened, narrowly winged, often with a single sterile bract below the inflorescence. Inflorescence subglobose, dense. Pedicels 1-3 per node, up to 5 mm long in fruit. Flowers white with dark-tipped outer tepals. Capsule shallowly deltoid, up to 6 mm long, transversely ridged.
Notes: See subsp rhodesianum for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: pygmaeum: pygmy
Habitat: In montane grassland on stony soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Nyanga and Vumba Mts in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Kativu, S. (1994). Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) Page 74.

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 41 - 42.

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 pygmaeum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Ispot Southern Africa: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum pygmaeum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum., retrieved 22 May 2019

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