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Chlorophytum bichetii


Chlorophytum bichetii Backer

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Synonyms: Chlorophytum laxum R.Br., Chlorophytum abyssinicum Kotschy & Peyr
Common Name: Bichetii Grass, Saint Bernard's Lily


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Name Status (wrt SBG BG-BASE)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Plant Shape Shrubby


Native Distribution West Africa
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Clump-forming herb.
Foliage Linear leaves are green with cream-coloured margins.
Cultivation This plant is well-suited for terrariums. It is sometimes sold as an aquarium plant, but it tends to last only 1-2 months when submerged underwater.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, General, Suitable for Roadsides, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting, Suitable for Hanging Baskets, Terrarium

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, [Remarks] (Allow medium to dry slightly between watering. Too little water or too low humidity will cause leaf tips to turn brown. )
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Transplanting Tolerance Moderate
Maintenance Requirements Low
Pruning To maintain the tidiness, pull out withered or discolored leaves. 
Propagation Method Seed, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Basal
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth, Gloss / Shiny
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped

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Master ID 508
Species ID 5186
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Species record last updated on: 23 February 2022.