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,E
angolensis RendleN,C,E
brazzae (Franch.) StapfN,W,C,E,S
ciliaris (Retz.) KoelerN,C,E,S
comifera Pilg.N,W,C,E
compressa StapfN
debilis (Desf.) Willd.N,W,C,E,S
diagonalis (Nees) StapfN,C,E,S
diversinervis (Nees) StapfC
eriantha Steud.N,W,C,E,S
eylesii C.E. Hubb.N,C,S
gayana (Kunth) Stapf ex A. Chev.N,W,C,S
gazensis RendleN,W,C,E,SImage
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.E,S
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.E
maniculata StapfW
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfN,W,C,E,S
monodactyla (Nees) StapfN,W,C,E,S
nitens RendleN,C,E,S
nuda Schumach.N,C,E
pearsonii StapfE
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfN,W,C,E,SImage
pseudodiagonalis Chiov.N
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonN,C
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,W,C,E,S
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.C,E
setifolia StapfE
ternata (A. Rich.) StapfN,W,C,E
thouaresiana (Flüggé) A. CamusN,C,S
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.N,W,C,E,SImage

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:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Digitaria
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Digitaria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Digitaria
Wikipedia: Digitaria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Digitaria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Digitaria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 25 October 2020

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