Bulbostylis filamentosa (Vahl) C.B. Clarke

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Bulbostylis filamentosa

Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Bulbostylis filamentosa

Ikelenge, Kalene Hill N 6 km
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Bulbostylis filamentosa

Ikelenge, Kalene Hill N 6 km
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Abildgaardia filamentosa (Vahl) Lye var. metralis (Cherm.) Lye
Bulbostylis filamentosa var. metralis (Cherm.) Haines
Bulbostylis metralis Cherm.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Fairly robust perennial 20-100 cm tall, stems crowded. Leaves 10-15 cm long; leaf sheaths brownish, the throat with long hairs. Inflorescence a dense crowded head of many spikelets. Spikelets acute. Mature nutlets minutely papillose.
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Notes: Red data list status: Widespread nationally and Africa-wide: Least concern
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Habitat: Seasonally wet habitats, grassland, woodland, crevices in rock faces.
Altitude range: 0 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Western and eastern Africa, D.R. Congo, Rwanda, Angola, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 19 June 2017

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 75.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Bulbostylis filamentosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111300, retrieved 3 December 2023

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