Digitaria angolensis Rendle

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Synonyms: Digitaria verrucosa C.E. Hubbard
Digitaria yokoensis Vanderyst
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Status: Native
Description:
A loosely caespitose or solitary growing annual. Culms 15–60 cm., erect or ascending, rarely from a creeping base, glabrous, nodes dark, glabrous. Leaf sheaths glabrous. Ligule 0.57–1 mm. long, rim-like. Leaf laminae 5–10 × 0.4–0.7 cm., linear, flat, glabrous on both surfaces, minutely scaberulous along the prominently crisped margin. Inflorescence composed of 2–5 racemes, (4)7–18 cm. long, erect, solitary along a short common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, scarcely winged, up to 0.5 mm. broad, smooth, with scabrous margins. Pedicels 3-nate, 0.4–3 mm. long, triangular, scabrous, slightly broadened at the apex. Spikelets 2.0–2.6 mm. long, ovate, inflated. Inferior glume 0.1–0.2 mm. long, blunt, hyaline. Superior glume somewhat shorter than the spikelet, oblong-triangular, 3(5)-nerved, appressed hairy, hairs white to purplish, undulating, with rough, papillose wall. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, ovate with recurved margins, 5-nerved, the central and 2 marginal nerves well developed, 2 subcentral nerves but poorly developed, appressed hairy, hairs scarcely overtopping the spikelet. Superior lemma somewhat shorter than the spikelet, ovate, apiculate, pale yellow to pale brown, sometimes purplish tinged.
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Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: Weed of arable land and sandy roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Tanzania south to Angola and South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Literature:

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 166. (Includes a picture).

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.


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Flora of Malawi: Digitaria angolensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria angolensis
African Plant Database: Digitaria angolensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Digitaria angolensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Digitaria angolensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Digitaria angolensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Digitaria angolensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Digitaria angolensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Digitaria angolensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Digitaria angolensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Digitaria angolensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Digitaria angolensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Digitaria angolensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Digitaria angolensis
Plants of the World Online: Digitaria angolensis
Tropicos: Digitaria angolensis
Wikipedia: Digitaria angolensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Digitaria angolensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107510, retrieved 11 May 2021

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