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

Malawi: 24 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angolensis RendleCDescription
brazzae (Franch.) StapfCDescription
comifera Pilg.N,CDescription
complanata Goetgh. NDescription, Image
compressa StapfN,CDescription
debilis (Desf.) Willd.Description
diagonalis (Nees) StapfDescription
dunensis P. Goetghebeur[End]C
gazensis RendleN,C,SDescription, Image
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.Description
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.Description
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfDescription
nitens RendleDescription
nuda Schumach.C,SDescription
pearsonii StapfDescription
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfC,SDescription, Image
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonCDescription
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,SDescription
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.CDescription
siderograpta Chiov. S
swazilandensis StentS
ternata (A. Rich.) StapfN,C,SDescription
trinervis Van der Veken[End]S
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria
Flora of Mozambique: Digitaria
Flora of Zambia: Digitaria
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 27 November 2022

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