Chlorophytum sphacelatum (Baker) Kativu
var. milanjianum (Rendle) Nordal

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Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum

Flowers & Capsule
Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum

Flowers & Capsule
Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Anthericum friesii Weim.
Anthericum milanjianum Rendle
Anthericum princeae Engl. & K. Krause var. latifolium Poelln.
Anthericum whytei Baker
Chlorophytum sphacelatum (Baker) Kativu subsp. milanjianum (Rendle) Kativu
Common names:
Status: Native
More or less robust herb, up to 90 cm high, growing from a regularly constricted horizontal rhizome, sometimes forming clumps. Roots wiry, with tubers at the tips. Leaves 3-10 per plant, in 2 rows, narrowly lanceolate, narrowing at the base and clasping the basal part of the peduncle, up to 1 m long but generally shorter in this variety, surface closely ribbed. Peduncle flat and winged, mostly leafless but often with smaller leaf-like bracts below the inflorescence, hairless but scabrid-ciliate on the wings. Inflorescence unbranched or with 2 short branches at the base, moderately densely flowered, up to 13 cm long; pedicels up to 3 per node, 8-11 mm long in fruit,articulated below the middle. Flowers whitish with tepals 9-11 mm long, 5-9-veined, outer tepals often with blackish-reddish tips. Stamens shorter than anthers. Capsule obovoid, shallowly 3-lobed, transfersely ridged.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: milanjianum: of Mt Mulanje in southern Malawi where the type of this taxon was collected.
Habitat: In open woodland, on stony soil and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and northern Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 6 July 2021

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 342. (Includes a picture).

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 42 - 43.

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 105.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 41.

Other sources of information about Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum:

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Flora of Botswana: Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum
Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum
Flora of Mozambique: Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum sphacelatum var. milanjianum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
iNaturalist: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum sphacelatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum sphacelatum
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum sphacelatum

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 sphacelatum var. milanjianum., retrieved 6 October 2022

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