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Useful Tropical Plants

Diheteropogon amplectens

(Nees) Clayton

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Andropogon amplectens Nees

Cymbachne amplectens (Nees) Roberty

Sorghum amplectens (Nees) Kuntze

Common Name:

Diheteropogon amplectens
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Stefan Porembski; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Stefan Porembski
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General Information

Diheteropogon amplectens is a perennial grass growing up to 2 metres tall. The grass grows in small tussocks, often with underground scaly shoots at the base[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in weaving and thatching.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Africa - Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Grassland, often on shallow soils on stony hill slopes, and on poor sandy soils in savannah and deciduous bushland, at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Open forest, grassland and marshy areas in rocky, sandy and clay soils[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the tropics and subtropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres. It grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is within the range 500 - 1,500mm[
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The culms are used for thatching and coarse matting[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. They are harvested at the beginning of the dry season, before they have dried out[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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