Digitaria complanata Goetgh.

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Digitaria complanata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Digitaria complanata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Digitaria complanata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Digitaria complanata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Digitaria complanata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Small and slender annual grass. Culms 10–20 cm high, erect; nodes dark and hairless. Ligule rimlike, c. 1 mm. long, shortly ciliate. Leaves linear, 2–5 cm long, flat, hairless on both surfaces; margins smooth. Inflorescence composed of 1–2 racemes, 2–4 cm long, both on short peduncles. Rhachis asymmetrically winged, undulating. Spikelets oblong-lanceolate, 1.9–2.1 mm long. Inferior glume absent. Superior glume c. 1/2–2/3 of the spikelet, oblong-triangular, stiff, appressed white hairy, overtopping the superior glume. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate with recurved margins, 5-nerved, appressed hairy. Superior lemma somewhat shorter than the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate, sharply keeled, pale yellow or sometimes purplish tinged.
Notes: The specimens in the images (Ballings & Wursten PB2674, BR) are the first record for this species in Malawi.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet grassland and dambos.
Altitude range: 2300 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, northern Zambia and Malawi (Nyika).
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Literature:

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 156 - 157. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 128.

Other sources of information about Digitaria complanata:

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Flora of Zambia: Digitaria complanata

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Digitaria complanata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=187540, retrieved 7 February 2023

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