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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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

Type
Type: Ethiopia, Adua, Quartin Dillon s.n. (P, lecto.) (* Haines & Lye and Gordon-Gray give the type as Schimper 796 from Ethiopia, Guendepta (P) but Bodard states “the type Quartin Dillon..” and this stands as a lectotypification since Richard cites both.)
Morphology General Habit
Slender tufted annual 3–40 cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems few to many, crowded, angular, 0.2–0.5 mm thick, glabrous to densely hairy
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheaths straw-coloured to light brown, scabrid to hairy and with long hairs at mouth; blades up to 40 cm long, 2–4 mm wide, scabrid or hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple or compound, lax with one sessile spikelet and 1–10 stalked spikelets and additional groups of sessile and stalked spikelets, up to 40 spikelets in all, the whole up to 5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets ovoid or lanceolate, 2–5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes red-brown often with paler margins, 1–2 mm long, glabrous to shortly hairy and ciliate; keel 3-veined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets grey, light brown or olive, obovoid to obcordate, 0.6–1 mm long, 0.6–0.8 mm wide, almost rounded to sharply trigonous, transversely wrinkled often with papillae along the tops of the wrinkles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style-base a persistent dark brown knob
Figures
Fig. 14, p94

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Bulbostylis pusilla (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1970 Jaeger, P. [20], Mali K000391959
Jan 1, 1969 Jaeger, P. [17], Mali K000391961
Jan 1, 1969 Jaeger, P. [4], Mali K000391960
Oct 30, 1896 Schimper [2066], Ethiopia K000416724
Schimper [796], Ethiopia K000416723
Bidgood, S. [5126], Tanzania Bulbostylis pusilla subsp. yalingensis K000190354

First published in T.A.Durand & H.Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afric. 5: 615 (1894)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Cabezas, F., Aedo, C. & Velayos, M. (2004). Checklist of the Cyperaceae of Equatorial Guinea (Annobón, Bioko, Río Muni) Belgian Journal of Botany 137: 3-26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Velayos, M., Aedo, C., Cabezas, F., de la Estrella, M., Barberá, P. & Fero, M. (eds.) (2014). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 11: 1-416. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Berhaut, J. (1988). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 9: 1-522. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Cabezas, F., Aedo, C. & Velayos, M. (2004). Checklist of the Cyperaceae of Equatorial Guinea (Annobón, Bioko, Río Muni) Belgian Journal of Botany 137: 3-26.
  • 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.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ann. Fac. Sci. Univ. Dakar 9: 72 (1963)
  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 615 (1895)
  • F.T.A. 8: 440 (1902)
  • F.W.T.A. ed. 2, 3: 318 (1972)
  • Fl. Eth. 6: 418 (1997).
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 117 (1983)
  • Strelitzia 2: 35, fig. 12C (1995)

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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