Bulbostylis contexta (Nees) M. Bodard

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Bulbostylis contexta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Bulbostylis contexta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Bulbostylis contexta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Bulbostylis contexta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Abildgaardia contexta (Nees) Lye
Bulbostylis burkei C.B.Clarke
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial tussock plant, 15─50 cm tall with a short woody rhizome with crowded culms. Leaves basal with sheaths pale reddish-brown, and blades up to 10 cm long. Inflorescence of 1 sessile and (0-)2-5 stalked spikelets.
Derivation of specific name: contexta: woven together
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Worldwide distribution: FZ distribution:Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. Global: Angola and Tanzania to South Africa
Malawi distribution:
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Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

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

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 79 - 80.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.

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Flora of Botswana: Bulbostylis contexta
Flora of Mozambique: Bulbostylis contexta
Flora of Zambia: Bulbostylis contexta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Bulbostylis contexta

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbostylis contexta
African Plant Database: Bulbostylis contexta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bulbostylis contexta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bulbostylis contexta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bulbostylis contexta
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iNaturalist: Bulbostylis contexta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bulbostylis contexta
JSTOR Plant Science: Bulbostylis contexta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbostylis contexta
Plants of the World Online: Bulbostylis contexta
Tropicos: Bulbostylis contexta
Wikipedia: Bulbostylis contexta

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Bulbostylis contexta.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111270, retrieved 15 July 2024

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