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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Slender tufted annual; stems 5–25 cm long and 0.2–0.4 mm thick, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades 1–10 cm long and 0.2–0.5 mm wide, scabrid on margin at least above; sheath with long slender hairs at its opening
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a solitary terminal head of few–numerous spikelets, 3–15 mm in diam. Spikelets 3–8 x 1–1.5 mm, ovoid-lanceolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 1.5–2 mm long, ovate, reddish brown with paler margin and usually green slightly excurrent scabrid midrib, glabrous or sparsely short-hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen usually 1 only
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet 0.5–0.7 mm long, obovate, triangular, light brown, smooth with isodiametric surface-cells; the style base persisting on the mature nutlet as a small knob.
Distribution
C2; S1, 3 widespread in the Old World tropics.
Ecology
From near sea-level to 300 m.

[FWTA]

Cyperaceae, Miss S. S. Hooper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual 5–20 cm. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Acute radiating spikelets in a hemispherical head
Ecology
Weed, particularly on sandy soil.

[FTEA]

Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: India, Madras (no material found at C)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual 3–30 cm tall with slender roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems many, 0.2–0.4 mm wide, angular, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheaths pale brown, with long hairs at mouth; blades filiform, 1–10 cm long, 0.2–0.5 mm wide, scabrid on margins near tips
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a head of few to many spikelets 3–15 mm in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts filiform, 0.5–3 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 3–8 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes pale brown, tinged with red with green keels and pale margins, ovate, 1.5–2 mm long, glabrous to sparsely hairy, with bent-back subulate tips
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets pale brown, obovoid, ± triangular, 0.5–0.7 mm long, 0.3–0.5 mm wide, smooth but with dense pattern of minute isodiametric cells.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style base dark, persistent.
Ecology
Mixed woodland and bushland with grass, dry river beds, crevices in granite outcrops, deep roadside ditches, also a weed; near sea level –1300 m
Note
Rottbøll cites three pre-Linnean references but clearly had a specimen, since he writes ‘in missionis herbario inveni’; no specimen is listed in the Rottbøll microfiche. Abildgaardia barbata Bezov. (1807) is a different plant.
Distribution
Flora districts: U3 K4 K7 T6 T8 Z Range: Senegal to Ethiopia and Angola; widespread in Old World tropics

Native to:

Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Burkina, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Inner Mongolia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kazan-retto, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Manchuria, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Queensland, Réunion, Senegal, Seychelles, Socotra, Somalia, South Australia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Alabama, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Florida, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Louisiana, Mexico Northwest, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Venezuela, Windward Is.

Bulbostylis barbata (Rottb.) C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 1, 2003 Riedel, L. [s.n.], Bahia K000188931
Oct 1, 2003 Harley, R.M. [19653], Bahia K000188938
Jan 27, 1994 Howard, A.J. [9], Thailand K000498890
Jan 27, 1994 Kerr, A.F.G. [13014], Thailand K000498892
Jun 11, 1963 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [4430], Burkina Faso K000391950
Jan 1, 1963 Merrill King, R. et al. [5519], Thailand K000498878
Jan 1, 1961 Kerr, A.F.G. [20492], Thailand K000498879
Jan 1, 1961 Kerr, A.F.G. [9040], Thailand K000498880
Jan 1, 1961 Kerr, A.F.G. [10981], Thailand K000498897
Apr 1, 1888 Schimper [2166], Ethiopia K000416719
Amand, J. [s.n.], Indonesia K000291024 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.] K000291025
Teysmann, J.E. [s.n.], Sumatera K000291026 Unknown type material
Teysmann, J.E. [s.n.], Sumatera K000291027 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.] K000291028
Young, J.F. [s.n.], Philippines K000291029
Cuming, H. [1508], Philippines K000291030 Unknown type material
Loher, A. [1655], Philippines K000291031
Loher, A. [1337], Philippines K000291032
Loher, A. [1338], Philippines K000291033
Cuming, H. [1508], Philippines K000291304 Unknown type material
Kerr, A.F.G. [1349], Thailand K000498877
Chamlong [1144], Thailand K000498888
Chantaranothai, P. [90/402], Thailand K000498894
Chantaranothai, P. [90/30], Thailand K000498895
Smitinand, T. [8906], Thailand K000498896
Smitinand, T. [10410], Thailand K000498899
Niyomdham, C. et al [245], Thailand K000498900
Smitinand, T. [4576], Thailand K000498901
Kerr, A.F.G. [7726], Thailand K000498902
Kerr, A.F.G. [7246], Thailand K000498903
Kerr, A.F.G. [1920], Thailand K000498904
Put [3179], Thailand K000498886
Demange [26], Mali K000391948
Howard, A.J. [22], Thailand K000498881
Chantaranothai, P. [90/30], Thailand K000498893
Demange [28], Mali K000391949
Larsen, K. [31891], Thailand K000498898
Put [2304], Thailand K000498885
Murata [T17816], Thailand K000498891
Put [3179], Thailand K000498887
Put [10], Thailand K000498889
Put [2304], Thailand K000498884
Kerr, A.F.G. [13495], Thailand K000498883
Boorman, J.L. [s.n.], New South Wales K000974419
Kerr, A.F.G. [13495], Thailand K000498882

First published in J.D.Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 6: 651 (1893)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Goodwin, Z.A. & al. (2013). A checklist of the vascular plants of the lowland savannas of Belize, Central America Phytotaxa 101: 1-119.
  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Marais, W. & Araujo, A.C. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 202: 1-99. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • Middleton, D.J. & al. (eds.) (2019). Flora of Singapore 7: 1-525. Singapore Botanic Gardens.
  • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.W.T.A., ed. 1, 2: 477
  • excluding syn. Scirpus barbatus Rottb., Descr. Pl. Rar. (et Descr.) 52 t. 17 f. 4 (1773).
  • in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6: 651 (1893)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Goodwin, Z.A. & al. (2013). A checklist of the vascular plants of the lowland savannas of Belize, Central America Phytotaxa 101: 1-119.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Pandey, R.P. & Dilwakar, P.G. (2008). An integrated check-list flora of Andaman and Nicobar islands, India Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 32: 403-500.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Walker, E.H. (1976). Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu islands: 1-1159. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by K. A. Lye [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 611 (1895)
  • Durand & Schinz, Etud. Fl. Congo 1: 304 (1896)
  • F.D.-O.A. 1: 413 (1937)
  • F.T.A. 8: 431 (1902)
  • F.W.T.A. ed. 2, 3: 316 (1972)
  • Fl. Brit. India 1: 651 (1893)
  • Fl. Eth. 6: 421, fig. 212.48 (1997).
  • Fl. Somalia 4: 112, fig. 63/m–p (1995)
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 122, figs. 232, 233 (1983)
  • J. E.A. Nat. Hist. Soc. 25 (110): 4 (1965)

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