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

Caprivi: 13 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift)
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SpeciesContent
brazzae (Franch.) StapfDescription
comifera Pilg.Description
debilis (Desf.) Willd.Description
eriantha Steud.Description
gayana (Kunth) Stapf ex A. Chev.Description
gazensis RendleDescription, Image
maniculata StapfDescription
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfDescription
monodactyla (Nees) StapfDescription
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfDescription, Image
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonDescription
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.Description
seriata StapfDescription

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Digitaria
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria
Flora of Mozambique: Digitaria
Flora of Zambia: Digitaria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Digitaria

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Digitaria
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Digitaria
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Digitaria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Digitaria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Digitaria
JSTOR Plant Science: Digitaria
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Digitaria
Plants of the World Online: Digitaria
Tropicos: Digitaria
Wikipedia: Digitaria

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 Caprivi: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 18 June 2024

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