Chlorophytum galpinii (Baker) Kativu
var. matabelense (Baker) Kativu

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Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
By dining area of Mutinondo Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
By dining area of Mutinondo Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
By dining area of Mutinondo Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

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Synonyms: Anthericum kapiriense De Wild.
Anthericum matabalense Baker
Anthericum patulum Baker
Anthericum volkii Sölch
Common names:
Status: Native
Herb, up to 80 cm tall, tufted or solitary, growing from a small, regularly constricted rhizome with fibrous remains of old leaf bases; roots wiry with tubers at the tips; leaves in 2 rows, linear to linear-lanceolate, 5 – 65 x 1 – 1.5 cm, margins and midribs glabrous or scabrid (never hairy); peduncle flat with scabrid wing (never ciliate-hairy); inflorescence racemose, unbranched or divaricately branched; floral bracts small, dark brown; pedicles articulated below middle, 1 – 3 per node, c. 9 mm long in fruit; perianth white; tepals 7-15 mm long, 3-veined; stamens declinate, in two groups usually 2+4 arrangement; filaments longer than anthers; style declinate, as long as stamens; capsule shallow deltoid, transversely ridged, 2-8 mm long; seeds irregularly folded, c. 1-1.8 mm across.
Derivation of specific name: galpinii: after E.E. Galpin (1858-1941), a botanical collector.
matabelense: of Matabeleland in South-western Zimbabwe
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Angola and Congo east to Mozambique south to N South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 45 - 48. (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.

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

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Flora of Botswana: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense
Flora of Caprivi: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense
Flora of Malawi: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense
Flora of Zambia: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chlorophytum galpinii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chlorophytum galpinii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chlorophytum galpinii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chlorophytum galpinii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chlorophytum galpinii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chlorophytum galpinii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Chlorophytum galpinii
iNaturalist: Chlorophytum galpinii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chlorophytum galpinii
JSTOR Plant Science: Chlorophytum galpinii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chlorophytum galpinii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chlorophytum galpinii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chlorophytum galpinii
Plants of the World Online: Chlorophytum galpinii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Chlorophytum galpinii
Tropicos: Chlorophytum galpinii
Wikipedia: Chlorophytum galpinii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense., retrieved 14 November 2019

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