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 StapfDescription
appropinquata Goetgh.[End]Z
argyrograpta (Nees) Stapf
argyrotricha (Andersson) Chiov.
brazzae (Franch.) StapfTDescription
ciliaris (Retz.) KoelerDescription
comifera Pilg.N,ZDescription
compressa StapfN,MSDescription
debilis (Desf.) Willd.Description
diagonalis (Nees) StapfDescription
eriantha Steud.Description
fuscopilosa Goetgh.[End]MS
gazensis RendleN,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
gymnostachys Pilg.
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.Description
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.Description
megasthenes Goetgh.[End]N,Z
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfDescription
natalensis Stent
nitens RendleDescription
nuda Schumach.N,Z,T,MS,MDescription
pearsonii StapfDescription
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfN,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
polyphylla Henr.
pseudodiagonalis Chiov.NDescription
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,Z,T,MSDescription
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.MDescription
setifolia StapfMSDescription
swazilandensis StentMS,GI,M
ternata (A. Rich.) StapfN,GI,MDescription
thouaresiana (Flüggé) A. CamusMSDescription
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.TDescription, Image

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:

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 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 4 December 2023

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