African Plant Database

Bulbostylis densa (Wall.) Hand.-Mazz.
Protologue : Vegetationsbilder 20(7): 16 (1930)
Notes : [subsp. densa in Asia]
Information on the genus : Bulbostylis
Basionym : Scirpus densus Wall.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Scirpus densus Wall. (1820)
 Abildgaardia densa (Wall.) Lye var. densa
 Abildgaardia densa (Wall.) Lye (1974)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Bulbostylis trifida (Nees) Nelmes
=Bulbostylis capillaris var. trifida (Nees) C.B. Clarke
=Fimbristylis capillaris var. trifida (Nees) T. Koyama
=Isolepis trifida Nees (1834)
=Bulbostylis trifida var. biegensis Cherm.
=Bulbostylis decaryi Cherm. (1936)
Taxon infra-specific
Bulbostylis densa subsp. afromontana (Lye) R.W. Haines (1983)
Bulbostylis densa var. cameroonensis (C.B. Clarke) S.S. Hooper
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tufted variable annual herb 5-30 cm tall, glabrous or with scattered short spine-like hairs on stem and leaves; stems deeply grooved, 0,2-0,4 mm Ø; leaf sheaths with many slender hairs 1-2 mm long; blades caniculate, grooved, 0,2-0,3 mm wide; inflorescenc
Ecology : Aquatic biotopes; margins of water bodies; grassland, both dry and bordering swampy streams; murram pits, dry rocky places with thin or eroded soil particularly in Juniperus, bamboo forest clearings, damp rocks of waterfalls; Combretum, Acacia scrub; Loud
  Comprises in Africa: - subsp. afromontana (Lye) R. W. Haines [bas.: Abildgaardia densa (Wall.) Lye subsp. afromontana Lye; syn.: Isolepis trifida Nees; Bulbostylis capillaris (L.) C. B. Clarke var. trifida (Nees) C. B. Clarke; B. trifida (Nees) Nelmes, no
  Bioko/Fernando Poo; S. Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland. the Old World tropics from tropical Africa through the Indian subcontinent , Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Russian Far East, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malesia, Indonesia, Australia.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:42 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bull. Jard. Bot. État 25: 248-249 (1955)
  • Hutchinson, J. & J.M. Dalziel (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 318
  • Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 55: 207-259 (1985).
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