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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Dracenaceae, Geoffrey Mwachala & Paul Mbugua, Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

Morphology General Habit
Small tree 3–5 m high; stem erect, branched
Morphology Leaves
Leaves congested towards branch ends, narrowly to broadly strap-shaped, the oldest ones pendent, sessile, 25–100 cm long, 2.5–11 cm wide, with a scarious edge ± 1 mm wide; base sheathing, apex acute, tapering gradually into a filiform tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence erect, paniculate, 0.2–1.5 m long; flowers in groups of 1–4, more in terminal clusters; pedicel 5–10 mm long, articulated above the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish white, sometimes flushed with pink, 19–35(–42) mm long; tube 7–12 mm long, lobes 12–20 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, lobes ± 1.5 × as long as the tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit orange or red, usually globose and singleseeded, sometimes lobed and 2–3-seeded, 7–19 mm in diameter; seed dirty white, ovoid, 5–10 mm long, 8–12 mm wide
Distribution
Mozambique, South Africa
Ecology
Evergreen or semi-deciduous forest; 50–300 m
Conservation
Rather uncommon in our area; its habitat, bushland on coral rag, is under threat from human settlements.

[FTEA]
Use
None recorded

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania

Dracaena aletriformis (Haw.) Bos appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 3, 2009 Verdcourt [3606], Kenya K000523081
Jul 3, 2009 Frontier Tanzania [782], Tanzania K000523089
Jul 3, 2009 Robertson, S.A. [4781], Kenya K000523082
Jul 3, 2009 Vaughan, J.H. [2203], Tanzania K000523093
Jul 3, 2009 Verdcourt [3606], Kenya K000523087
Jul 3, 2009 Verdcourt [3606], Kenya K000523086
Mar 12, 2002 Schäfer, P.A. [7206], Mozambique K000523259
Jan 1, 1987 Worsdell, W.C. [s.n.], South Africa K000523497
Jan 1, 1987 Vorster, P. [2130], South Africa K000523499
Jan 1, 1986 s.coll. [s.n.] K000523496
Jan 1, 1986 Schonland [290], South Africa K000523492
Jan 1, 1986 Codd, L.E. [8793], South Africa K000523498
Jan 1, 1986 Burchell [356A], South Africa K000523494
Jan 1, 1986 s.coll. [s.n.] K000523495
Jan 1, 1886 Drege [4494 a], South Africa K000255951 neotype
s.coll. [s.n.] K000523493
Edwards, D. [1748], South Africa Dracaena latifolia K000523487
s.coll. [s.n.] Dracaena latifolia K000523485
Codd, L.E. [6405], South Africa Dracaena latifolia K000523486
s.coll. [s.n.] Dracaena latifolia K000523483
Bachmann, F. [250] Dracaena latifolia K000523481
Werdermann, E. [1851], South Africa Dracaena latifolia K000523488
s.coll. [s.n.] Dracaena latifolia K000523484
Horne [22/103], Mauritius Dracaena latifolia K000523482

First published in Fl. S. Afr. 5(3): 3 (1992)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Mwachala, G. & Mbugua, P.K. (2007). Dracaenaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-43.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(2): 1-83. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bos in Flora of Southern Africa 5, 3: 3 (1992)
  • H. J. Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 639 (1994).

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