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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: Kenya, near Nairobi, 1 km SW of National Park main gate, Lye & Katende 6323 (MHU, holo.; K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Slender tufted annual 5–25 cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems grooved, 0.2–0.3 mm wide, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves channeled, ± 2 mm wide, glabrous save for some flexuous hairs ± 3 mm long on the sheaths
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence umbel-like of 1 sessile and 2–6 stalked spikelets in groups of sessile and stalked spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts small, adpressed, smaller than the spikelets which are long and narrow, 3–5 mm long, 0.7–1 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark brown with 3-veined green midrib, ovate, 1.5 mm long, acute or obtuse, glabrous or pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet greyish white, obovoid, 3-angled, 0.5–0.6 mm long with tubercles (cuticular papillae) arranged in longitudinal and horizontal rows projecting through the shiny surface but often smooth when young; minute epidermal papillae present below the cuticular papillae.
Ecology
Grassland and scrub on poor soil, shallow wet soil over rocks, bare soil at edge of grassland paths, murram pits; 1200–1800 m
Note
" Aleljung 326 (Tanzania, Mbeya District: Uyole, 23 mar. 1975) is probably related to the above and looks very like it; the nutlets are not densely papillate but have transverse areas of short vertical ribs.
Distribution
Flora districts: U1 U2 U3 U4 K3 K4 T2 T ?4, T6 T7 Range: Ethiopia

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Lye, K.A. [6323], Kenya K000416745 isotype
Bidgood, S. [5530], Tanzania K000468894

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

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Eth. 6: 419, fig. 212.45 (1997).
  • Sedges & Rushes E. Afr. App. 3: 1 (1983) main work: 117, figs. 216, 217 (1983)

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