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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Ethiopia, Adowa, Schimper 299 (P, holo.; K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual with shallow roots, (5–)10–25 cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems 0.4–1 mm wide, ridged, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 8 cm long, 1 mm wide, glabrous or with scattered hairs and longer 2–5 mm long hairs at mouth of leaf-sheath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence usually a single head of dark spikelets but sometimes an additional stalked head, or with 1 sessile and 1–8 stalked spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets dark, 4–7 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark brown to black with paler brown midrib, 1.5–2 mm long, shortly pubescent, obtuse or with slightly projecting midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2 with ± 0.5 mm long anthers and filaments 2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets pale grey or whitish, obovoid with cuneate base, the surface with longitudinal ribs and grooves with horizontal ribs connecting the longitudinal ribs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style base not persistent.
Ecology
Grassland, Acacia woodland, Tarchonanthus- Acacia thicket, wet crevices in rockfaces, roadside ditches, weed in experimental plots; 1200–1800(–2100) m
Note
C.B. Clarke gives Fimbristylis schimperiana Boeck., but does not cite Schimper 2066, neither have I seen it. Lye does not mention the name in Fl. Eth.
Distribution
Flora districts: U4 K1 K3 K4 T2 T5 T7 Range: Ethiopia

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 1, 1888 Schimper [299], Ethiopia K000416722
Bidgood, S. [6397], Tanzania K000468028

First published in T.A.Durand & H.Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afric. 5: 616 (1894)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 616 (1895)
  • F.T.A. 8: 436 (1902)
  • Fl. Eth. 6: 421, fig. 212.50 (1997).
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 128, fig. 250, 251 (1983)
  • J. E.A. Nat. Hist. Soc. 25 (110): 4, fig. 16 (1965) pro parte***

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