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Bulbostylis Kunth. Hairsedge.

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A genus of about 100 species, herbs, of tropical and warm temperate areas, concentrated especially in tropical Africa and tropical South America.

ID notes: Bulbostylis are small tufted plants (with wirelike or threadlike culms (flowering stems) and leaves, 5-40 (-50) cm tall. The inflorescence is branched and open, or compact. Each spikelet is composed of several to many tiny florets, arranged spirally in our species.

Key advice:Key ID features to note include size and ornamentation of the achenes and whether plants are annual or perennial.

Ref: Goetghebeur In Kubitzki (1998b); Kral (1971); Kral (2002c) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2002b). Show full citations.

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