Chlorophytum pygmaeum (Weim.) Kativu
subsp. rhodesianum (Rendle) Kativu

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Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

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Top ridge "Mte Chimanimani", West of Mevumodzi Valley at Eastern Lakes, Chimanimani Mts.

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge "Mte Chimanimani", West of Mevumodzi Valley at Eastern Lakes, Chimanimani Mts.

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge "Mte Chimanimani", West of Mevumodzi Valley at Eastern Lakes, Chimanimani Mts.

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge "Mte Chimanimani", West of Mevumodzi Valley at Eastern Lakes, Chimanimani Mts.

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge "Mte Chimanimani", West of Mevumodzi Valley at Eastern Lakes, Chimanimani Mts.

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts

Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Anthericum rhodesianum Rendle
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herbs up to 2hm high, growing from a short horizontal, regularly constricted rhizome, forming small tufts. Roots wiry with small tubers at the tips. Leaves basal, usually 6-8 per plant, linear-lanceolate, 5-42 cm long, hairless or minutely puberulous on the veins. Peduncle flattened, narrowly winged, often with a single sterile bract below the inflorescence. Inflorescence subglobose, dense. Pedicels 1-3 per node, up to 5 mm long in fruit. Flowers white with dark-tipped outer tepals. Capsule shallowly deltoid, up to 6 mm long, transversely ridged.
Notes: Subsp. pygmaeum is restricted to the Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe from Nyanga to Vumba. It is distinguished by the broader leaves and the more densely tufted habit, often forming mats.
Derivation of specific name: pygmaeum: pygmy
rhodesianum: of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In stony soils in montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1340 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: This subspecies is restricted to the Chimanimani Mts in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Sunday 3 July 2016
Literature:

Kativu, S. (1994). Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) Pages 74 - 75.

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008). Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 41 - 42.

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chlorophytum pygmaeum subsp. rhodesianum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113530, retrieved 24 November 2017

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