In order to preserve the biodiversity of Katanga mining sites before their exploitation, a special investigation was carried out in the Tenke-Fungurume mining concession. As a first result, a new species of Chlorophytum is described. C. unifolium is the third taxon of
this genus described has having only one leaf, the two other ones being C. monophyllum Oberm. from S. Africa, Western Cape, and Anthericum monophyllum Baker, now synonym of C. subpetiolatum (Baker) Kativu, from Sudan. These two species have linear or linear-lanceolate
leaf-blades, unlike the blades widely ovate and cordate at the base in C. unifolium. The conservation of the new species is critically endangered.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2009
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