Bulbostylis densa (Wall.) Hand.-Mazz.
subsp. afromontana Lye) R.W.Haines

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Bulbostylis densa subsp. afromontana

Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Abildgaardia densa (Roxb.) Lye subsp. afromontana Lye
Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted annual 5-30 cm tall, glabrous or with scattered short spine-like hairs on stems and leaves.
Differs from the typical subsp. in the glumes being rounded on the back rather than having a distinct keel, and the nutlets with less evident tubercles. (FTEA)
Type location:
Notes: FTEA has nothing to say about B. densa subsp. densa, except that Hooper regards it as occurring throughout the tropics.
Similar to B. pusilla. Zambian records identified as B. densa are from altitudes ±1000 m, whereas elsewhere the species is recorded from higher altitudes, 1400-2000 m.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Upland grassland, forest margins.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia (confirmation needed); Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, D.R. Congo, Rwanda
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 28 August 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 31 - 33.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 98 - 100. (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Bulbostylis densa subsp. afromontana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=229170, retrieved 8 December 2023

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