Hyparrhenia diplandra (Hack.) Stapf
var. diplandra

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Status: Native
Coarse, caespitose perennial; culms up to 300 cm high, erect. Leaf sheaths glabrous, or pilose towards the summit, rarely pilose throughout; leaf laminas 20–60 cm × 3–10 mm, glabrous or sometimes sparsely hirsute below, usually with long grey hairs at the base. False panicle 20–40 cm long, narrow, usually purplish; spatheoles 2–4.5 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, brownish-red, glabrous, barbate or not at the base; peduncles 0.3–1.5 cm long, glabrous or shortly hirsute above; racemes 1.5–2(2.5) cm long, (3)4–6(9)-awned per pair, deflexed; raceme-bases subequal, the superior 1–2 mm long, flattened, glabrous (except in the fork), truncate at the apex and lacking appendages. Homogamous spikelets 7–9 mm long, 2 pairs at the base of each raceme forming a kind of involucre, scabrid on the margins, muticous. Sessile spikelets 6–8 mm long; callus c. 1.5 mm long, sharply acute; superior lemma of sessile spikelet awned, inferior glume narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate-oblong, glabrous to pubescent; awns 2–5.5 mm long, the column pubescent with white or fulvous hairs 0.2–0.4(0.5) mm long, rarely quite awnless. Pedicelled spikelets 5–7.5 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, muticous or with a terminal bristle up to 5 mm long; callus scarcely developed; pedicel-tooth obscure.
Notes: Superior lemma of sessile spikelet awned.
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Habitat: Habitat very variable, favouring damp places in deciduous bushland and wooded grassland, and extending onto stony hillsides and into areas of cultivation
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1830 m
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa but with a limited distribution west of the Cameroon Mountains; also Indo-China, Indonesia
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32. As Hyparrhenia diplandra

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 131 - 132.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 43. As Hyparrhenia diplandra

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 105.

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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: Hyparrhenia diplandra var. diplandra.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108840, retrieved 20 April 2024

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