Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum (Baker) Kativu

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Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum

Sandy seepage zone among rocky outcrop
Kundalila Falls
Feb 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum

Sandy seepage zone among rocky outcrop
Kundalila Falls
Feb 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Anthericum caespitosum Dinter
Anthericum calyptrocarpum Baker
Anthericum curvifolium K. Krause
Anthericum tenellum Welw. ex Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
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.
Type location:
Notes: Red Data list status: Widespread; not threatened
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Habitat: In seasonally wet grasslands, stream banks or seepage areas, often in clay soils or shallow sandy loams overlying rock.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Jun
Worldwide distribution: From Angola east to Mozambique south to N South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C
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Content last updated: Friday 5 April 2019

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: 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 calyptrocarpum., retrieved 24 September 2023

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