Diheteropogon amplectens (Nees) Clayton
var. amplectens

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Common names: Breëblaarblougras (Afrikaans) Broad-leaved bluestem (English)
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.
Notes: var. amplectens is less common than var. catangensis in the Flora Zambesiaca area.
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Habitat: In open forest, grassland and marshy areas in rocky, sandy and clay soils
Altitude range: (metres) 20 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: D.R.C., Kenya, southwards to South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13. As Diheteropogon amplectens

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 92 - 94. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 28. As Andropogon amplectens

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.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 84 - 85. as Diheteropogon amplectens (Includes a picture).

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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. amplectens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108770, retrieved 27 May 2024

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