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

Mozambique: 32 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
acuminatissima Stapf
appropinquata Goetgh.
argyrograpta (Nees) Stapf
argyrotricha (Andersson) Chiov.
brazzae (Franch.) StapfT
ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler
comifera Pilg.N,Z
compressa StapfN,MS
debilis (Desf.) Willd.
diagonalis (Nees) Stapf
eriantha Steud.
fuscopilosa Goetgh.
gazensis RendleN,Z,T,MSImage
gymnostachys Pilg.
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
megasthenes Goetgh.
milanjiana (Rendle) Stapf
natalensis Stent
nitens Rendle
nuda Schumach.N,Z,T,MS,M
pearsonii Stapf
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfN,Z,MS,GI,MImage
polyphylla Henr.
pseudodiagonalis Chiov.
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,Z,T,MS
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.M
setifolia Stapf
swazilandensis StentMS,GI,M
ternata (A. Rich.) Stapf
thouaresiana (Flüggé) A. Camus
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.TImage

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria
Flora of Malawi: 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
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Digitaria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Digitaria
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Digitaria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 7 December 2019

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