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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar.
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: South Africa, Cape province, between yellow R. and Zandplaat, Drège 1040 (P, lecto. **, K!, isolecto.) [locality as given by Gordon-Gray] (** Kunth cites just Drège but no collection number; Haines and Lye’s citation of 1040 can be taken as a lectotypification.)
Morphology General Habit
Densely tufted perennial 10–50 cm tall with basal parts with many blackened burnt-off old leaf bases.
Morphology Stem
Stems 0.5–0.8 mm wide, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves (5–)10–25 cm long, 0.5–1(–2) mm wide, flat or slightly channeled, 3–5-ridged beneath, glabrous except for spiny margin, the upper surface with square surface cells; young leaf sheaths pale brown to vinaceous, glabrous save for hairy throat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a compact head of 1–5 obtuse spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts shorter than spikelets (fide Haines & Lye) but in many specimens slender, green and up to 4 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 6–10 mm long, 2–3 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark blackish brown with pale brown to vinaceous midrib, pubescent, margin with short hairs, obtuse or emarginate at the apex, often erose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles white Style base persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets light brown, obovoid, 1.4 mm long, 1 mm wide, transversely wrinkled.
Ecology
Swamp grassland, upland grassland with shrubs; 1200–2350 m
Distribution
Flora districts: U4 K3 T4 T7 Range: Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tufted plant with lurid red colouring at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Large black spikelets in a single head
Ecology
Montane grassland.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Ethiopia, Free State, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Bulbostylis schoenoides (Kunth) C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 1, 1888 Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000416783
Apr 1, 1888 Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000416784
Eyles, F. [1890], Zimbabwe K000416752 Unknown type material
Apr 1, 1888 Burke [s.n.], South Africa Bulbostylis scleropus K000416786 Unknown type material
Oct 1, 1887 Baur, R. [285], South Africa Bulbostylis scleropus K000416785
Apr 1, 1888 Hildebrandt, J.M. [3737], Madagascar Bulbostylis cinnamomea K000416766 Unknown type material
Apr 1, 2003 Mann, G. [1344], Cameroon Bulbostylis erratica K000099520 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1998 Thomas, D.W. [9270], Cameroon Bulbostylis erratica K000541216

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 4: 54 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ann. Fac. Sci. Univ. Dakar 9: 62 (1963)
  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 616 (1895) pro parte
  • Fl. Eth. 6: 414, fig. 212.36 (1997).
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 101, fig. 172 (1983)
  • Rendle, Cat. Afr. Pl. Welw. 2: 124 (1899)
  • Strelitzia 2: 36, fig. 12H, K (1995)
  • Trans. Linn. Soc. ser. 2, 4: 54 (1894)

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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