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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Masai).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: Tanzania, Masai District, Kaitokoi Pools, Vesey-FitzGerald 4926 (EA, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, slender, up to 22 cm tall, with a swollen culmbase, brown, ± 2 mm thick, sometimes with the previous year’s base persisting besides the new culm bases and forming colonies.
Morphology Culms
Culms loosely to densely tufted, 7–20 cm long, 0.3–0.9 mm wide, triangular, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 12 cm long, blade linear, flat, –12 cm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, scabrid on margin and primary vein
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading to reflexed, 2–3, lowermost 1–6 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a globose white head, sometimes irregular in outline, 3–8 mm across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 2–3 mm long, 1–3flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes white, ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ?2
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet only seen immature (by Lye), ellipsoid, flattened, 1–1.2 mm long, 0.4–0.5 mm wide.
Ecology
On shallow damp soil on edge of rock basin; 1150 m
Conservation
DD
Note
Most closely related to K. ugogensis, but differs in white (not golden) head and slightly larger head with more spikelets; and to K. microstyla, but differs in solitary spikes and different stem-base.
Distribution
Flora districts: T2 Flora districts: Known only from the type

Native to:

Tanzania

Cyperus microbulbosus (Lye) Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Vesey-Fitzgerald, D. [4926], Tanzania Kyllinga microbulbosa K000416322 isotype

First published in R.W.Haines & K.A.Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr., App. 3: 2 (1983)

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Kyllinga microbulbosa.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga microbulbosa.]

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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