G.524. Digitaria Haller - Finger-grasses

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of racemes, these digitate or borne upon an elongated central axis; spikelets 2-3(-5)-nate, rarely solitary. Spikelets pedicellate, awnless; lower floret barren; upper floret bisexual; lower glume small or 0; upper glume as long as the spikelet or shorter, exposing the upper lemma; lower lemma usually as long as the spikelet, typically with longitudinal lines of hairs between the nerves; upper lemma chartaceous to cartilaginous, longitudinally striate.

Worldwide: c. 220 species in warm and tropical regions

Zimbabwe: 30 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift) Larval foodplant
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acuminatissima StapfN,W,EDescription
angolensis RendleN,C,EDescription
brazzae (Franch.) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription
ciliaris (Retz.) KoelerN,C,E,SDescription
comifera Pilg.N,W,C,EDescription
compressa StapfNDescription
debilis (Desf.) Willd.N,W,C,E,SDescription
diagonalis (Nees) StapfN,C,E,SDescription
diversinervis (Nees) StapfC
eriantha Steud.N,W,C,E,SDescription
eylesii C.E. Hubb.N,C,SDescription
gayana (Kunth) Stapf ex A. Chev.N,W,C,SDescription
gazensis RendleN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.E,SDescription
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.EDescription
maniculata StapfWDescription
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription
monodactyla (Nees) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription
nitens RendleN,C,E,SDescription
nuda Schumach.N,C,EDescription
pearsonii StapfEDescription
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pseudodiagonalis Chiov.NDescription
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonN,CDescription
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,W,C,E,SDescription
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.C,EDescription
setifolia StapfEDescription
ternata (A. Rich.) StapfN,W,C,EDescription
thouaresiana (Flüggé) A. CamusN,C,SDescription
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria
Flora of Mozambique: Digitaria
Flora of Zambia: Digitaria

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 3 October 2023

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