African Plant Database

Bulbostylis filamentosa (Vahl) C.B. Clarke
Protologue : Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 613 (1894)
Information on the genus : Bulbostylis
Basionym : Scirpus filamentosus Vahl
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Scirpus filamentosus Vahl (1805)
 Abildgaardia filamentosa (Vahl) Lye
 Fimbristylis filamentosa (Vahl) K. Schum.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Abildgaardia filamentosa var. metralis (Cherm.) Lye
=Bulbostylis filamentosa var. metralis (Cherm.) R.W. Haines
=Bulbostylis metralis Cherm. (1931)
=*Fimbristylis cardiocarpa Ridl.
=Bulbostylis cardiocarpa C.B. Clarke (1894)
=*Bulbostylis rehmanni C.B. Clarke (1894)
=Isolepis filamentosa Roem. & Schult.
Taxon infra-specific
Bulbostylis filamentosa var. barbata C.B. Clarke
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial caespitose herb 0,2-1 m tall; stems crowded on a short rhizome 0,6-1 mm Ø; stems and leaves glabrous or minutely hairy; leafy sheaths brownish, throat with long hairs, old sheaths often fibrillose; blades 10-15 cm long, 0,3-0,5 mm wide, strongly scabrid; inflorescence a dense crowded head of 6-20 spikelets 0,5-1,5 cm Ø; spikelets 5-8 mm long. The plant resembling Juncus jacquinii.
Ecology : Seasonally wet habitats; grassland; Terminalia, Lannea, Pappea and Brachystegia woodland; crevices in rock faces; poor soils on laterite; savanna; rather dry grassland; wooded savannas; mostly on sandy soil or shallow soil overlying outcropping rocks; copper rocky sites; also a weed (Naczi & Ford, Sedges: uses…: 77, 2008); c. 0-2700 m alt.
  Very close to B. scabricaulis
  S. Africa, Botswana, Swaziland. Record from Namibia erroneous (Sabonet News 9/1: 18, 2004). – Also in Equat. Guinea ?
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Cyperoid, Mesophyte- Ht up to 0.46 m. Alt: 1300 m. Distribution: LP
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Africa. Australasia/Pacific,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 371
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:42 (2012)
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 130

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • HUTCHINSON, J. & J.M. DALZIEL (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 317

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice. : 485
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