Chlorophytum pusillum Schweinf. ex Baker

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Chlorophytum pusillum

Plant with immature seedpods found growing just above a drainage basin of the Munali Hills
Woodland among rocks
Northern slope of the Munali Hills
Feb 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum pusillum

Plant in flower found growing just above a drainage basin of the Munali Hills
Woodland among rocks
Northern slope of the Munali Hills
Feb 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum pusillum

The indistinct rhizome with numerous stout tuberous roots
Woodland among rocks
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
May 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial herb; small, up to 3.5 cm. tall; rhizome not distinct; roots short with elongated tubers; leaves in basal rosette, 1-4, prostrate, 2.5-19.5 × 1.2-10 cm., oblanceolate. Inflorescence dense, unbranched, to 1.5 cm. long; tepals white, c. 7 mm. long. Capsule shallowly deltoid; seeds black, slightly folded to saucer-shaped.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: pusillum: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: Woodland in shade, often in rock crevices and on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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 87 - 89. (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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chlorophytum pusillum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum pusillum
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Chlorophytum pusillum., retrieved 11 August 2022

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