Chlorophytum blepharophyllum Baker
subsp. blepharophyllum

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Chlorophytum brunneum Baker
Chlorophytum ciliatum Baker
Chlorophytum distachyum Poelln
Chlorophytum fibrosum Engl. & K. Krause
Chlorophytum homblei De Wild.
Chlorophytum kombense Poelln
Chlorophytum longibracteatum De Wild.
Chlorophytum nigrescens De Wild.
Chlorophytum saxicolum Poelln
Chlorophytum trichocraspedum Poelln
Chlorophytum viridulobrunneum Poelln
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Solitary or clumped plants up to 50 cm tall growing from a small rhizome with many spongy roots often swollen near the tips; leaves 3-7, linear-lanceolate or occasionally circular, sheathing at the base, erect, 4-66 x 1.4-6.5 cm., hairless except for the margins; peduncle terete, smooth, shorter than leaves; inflorescence erect, unbranched or occasionally with 1-2(5) branches at base; pedicels articulated above middle, 2-5 mm long, lower ones 2-4 per node; perianth urceolate (urn or pitcher-shaped), brownish to brownish-green; tepals 8-9 x 1.5-3 mm, 3-5(7) veined, stamens shorter than perianth; capsule obovoid, 3-angled, 6-11 mm long; seeds disk-shaped, c.4.5 mm across.
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Derivation of specific name: blepharophyllum: from the Greek, blepharo, relating to eye-lashes (i.e. marginally fringed with hairs) and phyllum, leaves.
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland margins, often on light stony soils
Altitude range: 100 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from West through Central and East Africa in southern Central Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 287. as Chlorophytum blepharophyllum

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 119. As Chlorophytum blepharophylla

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 74 - 76.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81. As Chlorophytum cf. blepharophyllum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum blepharophyllum
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Chlorophytum blepharophyllum subsp. blepharophyllum., retrieved 24 February 2024

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