Digitaria ternata (A. Rich.) Stapf

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Synonyms: Cynodon ternatus A. Rich.
Panicum phaeocarpum var. gracile Nees
Panicum ternatum (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Steud.
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An annual with loosely caespitose or solitary culms. Culms 20–60 cm., erect, glabrous or rarely loosely hairy, nodes dark and glabrous. Leaf sheaths glabrous. Ligule 1–1.5 mm. long, rounded. Leaf laminae 2–20 × 0.1–0.5 cm., linear, flat, glabrous to loosely hairy on both sides, scabrous along the often crisped margin. Inflorescence composed of 2–5 racemes, (5)8–12(15) cm. long, solitary along a short common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, broadly winged, 0.5–1 mm. broad, smooth with smooth or scabrous margins. Pedicels 3-nate, 0.5–2 mm. long, terete to compressed, scabrous, conspicuously broadened at the apex, bearing a well developed coronula of large, broad hairs up to 0.8 mm. long. Spikelets 1.9–2.6 mm. long, oblong. Inferior glume absent. Superior glume c. 2/3 of the spikelet, oblong, 3-nerved, hyaline, appressed hairy, hairs white, capitate-apiculate. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong with recurved margins, 5-nerved, hyaline, appressed hairy. Superior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong, acute, pale to dark brown
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Habitat: Weed of arable land, disturbed sites.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa, extending eastwards to China and Indonesia
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 342.

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

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 142 - 144. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 36.

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 Caprivi: cultivated Digitaria ternata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria ternata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Digitaria ternata
Plants of the World Online: Digitaria ternata
Tropicos: Digitaria ternata
Wikipedia: Digitaria ternata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Digitaria ternata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107770, retrieved 17 April 2024

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