Bulbostylis burchellii (Ficalho & Hiern) C.B.Clarke
  • T.A.Durand & H.Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afric. 5: 612 (1894) 

Notes: Distribution: Tanzania to S. Africa

General Description

Rhizome hardly any. Stems 4–20 in. long, very slender, glabrous at the top, firmly tufted and almost fused at the base. Leaves 1/2 the length of the stem, setaceous; sheaths woolly, with long white hairs at the throat. Umbel simple or compound, 2–4 in. in diam., often of 30 spikelets; many of the spikelets solitary on pedicels 1/4 in. long or upwards, sometimes reduced to a head of 1–4 spikelets; bracts short, setaceous. Spikelets 1/4– 1/3 by 1/12– 1/10 in., oblong or narrow-cylindric, pale brown. Glumes ovate, hardly acute, minutely pubescent. Style 3-fid. Nut 1/3 the length of the glume, trigonous, obovoid, truncate, pale-brown, smooth with obscure transverse wavy lines; style-base persistent on the nut, small, conic, dark brown.

stems tufted closely on a woody rhizome, very slender, glabrous; leaf-sheaths conspicuously white-hairy in the throat; Spikelets when in flower about 1/5 in. long, hardly different from those of {i}B. capillaris{/i}, but in fruit (in examples from different localities) elongating to 1/3 in. (sometimes nearly 1/2 in.) long; otherwise as {i}B. capillaris{/i}.


Nyasaland near Blantyre, Last!

Portuguese East Africa Lower Shire, on a stony hillside at Morambala, Scott!

Angola Huilla; pastures of Empelaca, Welwitsch, 6950! pastures at Catumba, Welwitsch, 6951!

British Central Africa Boruma, on the Zambesi, Menyharth, 1055!

South Africa Griqualand West; Klip Fontein, {i}Burchell{/i}, 2151; Bechuanaland; Kosi Fontein, {i}Burchell{/i}, 2589! 2598! Transvaal; Pretoria Div., hills above the Apies River, {i}Rehmann{/i}, 4330! Potchefstroom, by the Mooi River, {i}Nelson{/i}, 57!


in Durand & Schinz, Conspect. Fl. Afr. v. 612. —C. B. Clarke in Dyer, Fl. Cap. vii. 210; Rendle in Cat. Afr. Pl. Welw. ii. 125.

in Durand and Schinz, Conspect. Fl. Afr. v. 612

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Tanzania
  • South Tropical Africa Angola
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Southern Africa Botswana
  • Cape Provinces
  • Free State
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Namibia
  • Northern Provinces
  • Swaziland


  • 1 Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • 2 Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 3 Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 4 Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.

 Information From

Flora of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
Flora Capensis
Flora Capensis. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
WCS higher taxonomy
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