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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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

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
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
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): 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
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum pygmaeum
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum pygmaeum

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 pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum., retrieved 21 March 2023

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