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Genus: Chlorophytum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Asparagaceae

About 165 species, found in Africa, Madagascar and Asia. Fifty-seven species are native to southern Africa. This genus was previously in the Anthericaceae, then the Agavaceae and now both the latter families have been sunk under Asparagaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Chlorophytum acutum                    


Chlorophytum affine

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Chlorophytum anceps

Chlorophytum andongense

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Chlorophytum angulicaule


Chlorophytum aridum


Chlorophytum blepharophyllum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum bowkeri

Chlorophytum brachystachyum

Chlorophytum brevipes

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum calyptrocarpum


Chlorophytum cameronii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Chlorophytum capense


Chlorophytum colubrinum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Chlorophytum comosum (Hen and Chickens, Spider Plant)

Chlorophytym comosum

Chlorophytum cooperi


Chlorophytum crassinerve


Chlorophytum crispum


Chlorophytum cyperaceum


Chlorophytum fasciculatum


Chlorophytum floribundum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum gallabatense

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum galpinii

Chlorophytum graniticola

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum haygarthii


Chlorophytum krauseanum


Chlorophytum krookianum


Chlorophytum leptoneurum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum lewisiae


Chlorophytum longifolium


Chlorophytum macrophyllum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum macrosporum


Chlorophytum modestum


Chlorophytum monophyllum


Chlorophytum namaquense


Chlorophytum nidulans

Recorded from Mozambique.


Chlorophytum pauciphyllum


Chlorophytum pauper


Chlorophytum polystachyum

Recorded from Zimbabwe. 

Chlorophytum psammophilum


Chlorophytum pusillum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum pygmaeum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum radula


Chlorophytum rangei


Chlorophytum recurvifolium


Chlorophytum rigidum


Chlorophytum saundersiae


Chlorophytum silvaticum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Chlorophytum sphacelatum


Chlorophytum stolzii

Recorded from Mozambique.


Chlorophytum subpetiolatum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Chlorophytum transvaalense


Chlorophytum trichophlebium


Chlorophytum triflorum


Chlorophytum undulatum

Chlorophytum vestitum

Recorded from Mozambique.


Chlorophytum viscosum



  • Kativu, S. 1993. Four new species of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) from tropical Africa. Nordic Journal of
    Botany 13: 501505.
  • Kativu, S. 1994. The identity of Chlorophytum sphacelatum (Anthericaceae) and its range of variation
    in the Flora zambesiaca area. Kirkia 15: 3842.
  • Kativu, S. 1994. Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericidae) in the Flora zambesiaca area. Kirkia 15(1): 43-111.
  • Kativu, S. & Nordal, I. 1993. New combinations in the African species of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae).
    Nordic Journal of Botany 13: 5965.
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