Chlorophytum andongense Baker

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Chlorophytum andongense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya.

Chlorophytum andongense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya.

Chlorophytum andongense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya.

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Synonyms: Chlorophytum longipes Baker
Chlorophytum pedunculosum Poelln.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 65-200 cm high, growing from a short, thick, vertical rhizome with extensive thick fusiform roots. Leaves 4-7 in a basal rosette, oblong-lanceolate, 25-80 cm long, hairless, sheathing at the base, often pseudo-petiolate. Inflorescence a lax panicle, up to 80 cm long (excluding peduncle). Pedicels articulated above the middle, lower ones 4-9 per node, up to 30 mm long in fruit. Flowers greenish, urn-shaped; tepals narrow, 3-veined,scabrid on the margins. Stamens shorter than the perianth; filaments longer than anthers; style more or less as long as stamens. Capsule obovoid, shallowly deltoid, 5-9 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: andongense: named for Punto Andongo in Angola.
Habitat: In open woodland and along forest margins, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 21 April 2019

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 70 - 72. (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.

Meerts, P. (2015). Anthericaceae Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Novelle Serie) Jardin Botanique Meise Pages 50 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.

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Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum andongense
Flora of Mozambique: Chlorophytum andongense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum andongense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum andongense
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum andongense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum andongense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum andongense
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JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum andongense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum andongense
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum andongense
Tropicos: Chlorophytum andongense
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum andongense

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Chlorophytum andongense., retrieved 29 September 2023

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