Diheteropogon amplectens (Nees) Clayton
var. catangensis (Chiov.) Clayton

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Synonyms: Andropogon amplectens var. catangensis Chiov.
Diheteropogon amplectens sensu Simon
Common names:
Status: Native
Caespitose, rhizomatous perennial; culms 40–200(300) cm high, erect, glaucous, often flushed with purple. Leaves glabrous, rarely densely pubescent; ligule a minutely fimbriate rim 0.5–1.5 mm long; laminas 8–30 cm × 2.5–26 mm wide at the base, flat, broadly or narrowly cordate at the base. Racemes in pairs, 5–10 cm long, exserted from the spatheoles at maturity; internodes and pedicels with short, dense, silvery-white or rarely brown hairs, the internode broadening and hollow at the apex. Sessile spikelet 5.5–8.5 mm long, very pointed and with silvery-white appressed hairs at the base; inferior glume with a deep median groove; lemma with pilose awn 3–6 cm long; anthers 3–6 mm long, straw-coloured. Pedicelled spikelet male, 8–13 mm long; inferior glume with an awn 2–11.5 mm long.
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Habitat: Growing in secondary forest, grassland and savanna in sandy and clay soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 430 - 1680 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Senegal and DRC to Tanzania and southwards to southern Africa and Angola. Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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 342. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 92 - 95.

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 102.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 135.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 146.

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Flora of Botswana: Diheteropogon amplectens var. catangensis
Flora of Malawi: Diheteropogon amplectens var. catangensis
Flora of Mozambique: Diheteropogon amplectens var. catangensis
Flora of Zambia: Diheteropogon amplectens var. catangensis

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diheteropogon amplectens var. catangensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108580, retrieved 19 May 2024

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