Bulbostylis neglecta

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Neglected tuft sedge
Bulbostylis neglecta in flower.jpg
Mature plant in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Bulbostylis
Species: B. neglecta
Binomial name
Bulbostylis neglecta
(Hemsl.) C.B.Clarke

Fimbristylis neglecta Hemsl.

Scale picture of immature plant

Bulbostylis neglecta, neglected tuft sedge locally, is an endemic member of the Cyperaceae of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.[1][2][3]

Bulbostylis neglecta was first collected by William John Burchell in 1806, although the specimen was not described as a new species until 1884.[4] Since then it had not been recorded again and was presumed extinct until, in May, 2008, during a botanical survey of St Helena, a small population of the sedge was rediscovered by botanists Philip Lambdon and Andrew Darlow of the European Union's South Atlantic Invasive Species Project and by local naturalist Pat Joshua. Subsequent work by the project team located five distinct populations totalling about 4000 plants. The rediscovery is timely as the existing populations are being encroached on by an invasive African fountain grass Pennisetum setaceum.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. ^ Lambdon, P. (2012). Flowering plants & ferns of St Helena: 1-624. Pisces publications for St Helena nature conservation group.
  4. ^ Hemsley, William Botting. 1884. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76: under the command of Captain George S. Nares and the late Captain Frank Tourle Thomson; Botany. London
  5. ^ Wildlife Extra, June 2008, 'Extinct’ plant, rediscovered after 200 years, could be lost again within 10 years
  6. ^ St.Helena National Trust, South Atlantic Invasive Species Project (SAIS) South Atlantic Invasive Species Capacity Building Project
  7. ^ Lambdon, Phil, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom Overseas Environment Protection Programme, St Helena

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