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This species is accepted, and its native range is 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
Types: Tanzania, between Zanzibar and Uyui, W. E. Taylor s.n. (BM!, holo.)**
Morphology General Habit
Tufted slender annual 3–13 cm tall with very small root system.
Morphology Stem
Stems 0.3–0.6 mm thick, angular and almost glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades 1–5 cm long, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, flat, scabrid on margin and some ribs.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Sheaths light brown and straw-coloured, hairy and with longer hairs in throat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of one sessile spikelet and 1–3 stalked spikelets on 2–7 mm long peduncles; main bract purplish brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Glumelike, 4–8 mm long, midrib green, produced into a scabrid leafy awn.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets almost black, ovoid, 3–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide with obtuse apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark reddish brown, ovate, 2 mm long, obtuse or emarginate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 3 long stigmas
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets greyish white, characteristically obpyriform with much narrowed basal part, 0.8–1 mm long, 0.7–0.8 mm wide, obtusely triangular with distinct longitudinal ribs, very closely reticulate (from Haines & Lye’s SEM illustration) but described as almost smooth.
Ecology
Open Brachystegia Pterocarpus woodland with rock outcrops; 400–1550 m
Note
Haines & Lye state “only known from the type specimen and not recorded since”. Peter, however, does record four specimens as this species: Tanzania, S Pare Mts, various localities near Buiko ( Peter 10423, 10856, 11049, 46630); but I have not seen these. One of them is mentioned by Bodard. " Peter 34255b (Tanzania, Dodoma District: Lake Chaya to Tura, is also cited in the main text of F.D.-O.A. Nutlets of approximately the same shape have been seen in some B. hispidula, e.g. Sitoni 1157 (Mwanza, Magu Hill) but that has the characteristic dense spreading pubescence. Bodard states under Bulbostylis taylorii “I have not found the type of this species – the specimen of the Berlin Herbarium differs little from B. densa by their hirsute stem” but it is not clear what he means. There was presumably a duplicate Taylor specimen at B.
Distribution
Flora districts: T3 T4 T 5 or T6 T7 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Bulbostylis taylorii C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Wingfield, R. [1921], Tanzania K000416734
Bidgood, S. [5547], Tanzania K000468877
Bidgood, S. [5527], Tanzania K000468897

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 8: 439 (1902)

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

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ann. Fac. Sci. Univ. Dakar 9: 77 (1963)
  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 616 (1895), nom. nud.
  • F.D.-O.A. 1: 417 (1938)
  • F.T.A. 8: 439 (1902)
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 111, fig. 199, 200 (1983).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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