Bulbostylis pusilla (A.Rich.) C.B.Clarke
subsp. congolensis (De Wild.) R.W. Haines

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Bulbostylis pusilla subsp. congolensis

10 km E of Kasama
Record: EA Robinson
Mar 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Abildgaardia pusilla (A. Rich.) Lye subsp. congolensis (De Wild.) Lye
Bulbostylis congolensis De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender tufted annual 3-40 cm tall. Inflorescence simple or compound, lax with one sessile spikelet and 1-10 stalked spikelets and additional groups of sessile and stalked spikelets, up to 40 spikelets in all, the whole up to 5 cm long.
Stems and leaves densely short hairy (cf. subsp. pusilla).
Type location:
D.R. Congo
Notes: Earlier determinations as B. densa by Kew, were re-assigned to B. pusilla by Clare Archer in 2001. Other collections of Robinson at Kew, were named B. congolensis, as have recent collections at Mutinondo Wilderness Area by Kenneth Bauters and Lari Merrett.
This name is accepted by WCSP (World Checklist of Selected Plant Families) and FTEA.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Grassland and bushland, rocky outcrops; sand at foot of laterite slope.
Altitude range: 1050 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Uganda, Central African Republic, D.R. Congo, Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 June 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 35.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 95.

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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 pusilla subsp. congolensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=228800, retrieved 23 September 2023

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