Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Jacq.

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Chlorophytum comosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along forest path up to top plateau, Mt Gorongosa

Chlorophytum comosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along forest path up to top plateau, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Chlorophytum brevipes Baker
Chlorophytum gazense Rendle
Chlorophytum sparsiflorum Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Slender perennial herb. Leaves basal, narrowly lanceolate, tapering at the base into a pseudo-petiole. Inflorescence a lax unbranched spike. Flowers widely spread, small, white with spreading tepals; anthers 6, yellow.
Derivation of specific name: comosum: with tufts formed from hairs, leaves or flowers
Habitat: In shade on the forest floor of evergreen forest, often in colonies.
Altitude range: 50 - 1800 m
Flowering time:All year round
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
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Content last updated: Wednesday 2 March 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

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 sparsiflorum

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 80 - 81.

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. also as Chlorophytum brevipes

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.

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Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum comosum
Flora of Zambia: Chlorophytum comosum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum comosum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum comosum
African Plant Database: Chlorophytum comosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum comosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum comosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chlorophytum comosum
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iNaturalist: Chlorophytum comosum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum comosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum comosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum comosum
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum comosum
Tropicos: Chlorophytum comosum
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum comosum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Chlorophytum comosum., retrieved 30 November 2023

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