Bulbostylis macra (Ridl.) C.B. Clarke

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Bulbostylis macra

Lusaka N Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Bulbostylis macra

Lusaka N Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Common and widespread
Status: Native
Tufted perennial 5-35 cm tall with swollen base. Leaves many, bright emerald green, almost filiform, scabrid or slightly hairy. Inflorescence a solitary terminal ovoid to lanceolate spikelet.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and Tanzania.
Habitat: Miombo woodland on well drained sites
Altitude range: 1500 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,W
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Tuesday 3 January 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 72.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbostylis macra
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbostylis macra
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Bulbostylis macra.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111320, retrieved 2 March 2024

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