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Bulbostylis pilosa (Willd.) Cherm.
Information on the genus : Bulbostylis
Basionym : Schoenus pilosus Willd.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Abildgaardia pilosa (Willd.) Nees
 Fimbristylis pilosa (Willd.) K. Schum. (1895)
 Schoenus pilosus Willd.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Bulbostylis aphyllanthoides (Ridl.) C.B. Clarke
=Fimbristylis aphyllanthoides Ridl.
=*Fimbristylis africana T. Durand & Schinz
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Densely tufted perennial herb 20-80 cm tall with a stout creeping rhizome; stems crowded, 0,5-2 mm Ø, scabrid above, and minutely hairy below inflorescence, glabrous or hairy towards base; leaves 5-25 cm long, 1-3,5 mm wide, flat, ribbed, minutely hairy; sheaths brown or reddish brown, hairy and with long white hairs on margins of mouth; inflorescence a terminal head of 3-10 clustered compressed ovoid spikelets, each 8-15x3-8 mm.
Ecology : Seasonally flooded wooded grassland; mangrove swamps; low sunny wooded hills near river; bushland; Brachystegia etc. woodland; coconut groves; burnt grassland; savanna on deep soil; often on white sand; fallows; gallery forest; 1-1400 m alt.
  Stems and whole plant used in Ghana to make brooms. “Simulating Statice”.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 372
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:42 (2012)

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • HUTCHINSON, J. & J.M. DALZIEL (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 316
  • Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 55: 229 (1985).
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