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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. 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: Tanzania, Iringa District: Ruaha National Park, near ranger post just opposite Ilunda [Lunda] near Great Ruaha R., Renvoize & Abdallah 2219 (EA, holo.; K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Slender annual 10–20 cm tall with tufted stems and small root-system.
Morphology Stem
Stems glabrous below but with spine-like teeth below the inflorescence
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 5 cm long, 0.5 mm wide, scabrid on margin and ribs, the sheath with long white hairs at throat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences open with 1 sessile and 1–8 stalked spikelets and sometimes extra basal stalked spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peducles scabrid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 1–5, filiform with a sheathing base, often less that 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes reddish brown, 1.8–2.3 mm long, hairy at margin or all over, rounded or slightly emarginate at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3-branched Style-base not persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets greyish, obovoid, 0.6–0.7 mm long, 0.5 mm wide, 3-angular with prominent ribs at angles and weaker ones on faces with many horizontal connecting riblets
Ecology
Grassland and sandy trackside; 750–850 m
Distribution
Flora districts: T7 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Bulbostylis elegantissima (Lye) R.W.Haines appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Renvoize, S.A. [2219], Tanzania K000416744 isotype

First published in R.W.Haines & K.A.Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr., App. 3: 1 (1983)

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

  • main work: 129, fig. 252 (1983).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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