Chlorophytum macrophyllum (A. Rich.) Asch.

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Chlorophytum macrophyllum

Plant found growing in riverine habitat
NW of Katete town
Jan 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum macrophyllum

Close up of the flower
NW of Katete town
Jan 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum macrophyllum

Close up of the dense inflorescence
cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Dec 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Anthericum macrophyllum A. Rich.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial, 60-90 cm high, plants often in clumps. Leaves in a basal rosette, large, more or less broadly lanceolate, up to 90 × 12 cm, hairless. Peduncle terete, hairless. Inflorescence unbranched, dense; floral bracts small, hairless. Pedicels clustered, up to 9 at the lower nodes, 8-13 mm long. Flowers white; tepals 5-veined. Filaments shorter than anthers. Capsule shallowly deltoid, 5-8 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: macrophyllum: big-leaved
Habitat: In woodland, along streambanks, often on stony doleritic soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Sierra leone to Ethiopia and south to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 19 July 2016

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 85 - 86.

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.

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

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Chlorophytum macrophyllum
Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum macrophyllum
Flora of Mozambique: Chlorophytum macrophyllum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum macrophyllum

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

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 macrophyllum., retrieved 23 September 2023

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