Taxon: Chlorophytum comosum (Thunb.) Jacques

Genus: Chlorophytum
Family: Asparagaceae
  Subfamily: Agavoideae
Nomen number: 10301
Place of publication: J. Soc. Imp. Centr. Hort. 8:345. 1862
Name Verified on: 24-Dec-2013 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 24-Dec-2013
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander13)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal, - Eastern Cape, - Western Cape, - Limpopo, - Mpumalanga; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Zaire

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. elsewhere


    . also cult.


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