Digitaria comifera Pilg.

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Synonyms: Digitaria lunularis Henrard
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Status: Native
An annual with loosely caespitose or solitary culms. Culms 15–60 cm., erect or ascending, glabrous, nodes dark, glabrous. Leaf sheaths glabrous to loosely hairy. Ligule 0.5–1.5 mm. long, rim-like, conspicuously ciliate. Leaf laminae (2)5–10 × 0.1–0.6 cm., linear, flat or sometimes involute, scaberulous on both sides, densely hairy near the ligule, scabrous along the margin. Inflorescence composed of 2–4(6) racemes, 4–14(20) cm. long, solitary along a short common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, winged, up to 0.7 mm. broad, smooth, with scabrous margins. Pedicels 3–4-nate, 0.2–2.5 mm. long, terete to subtriangular, scaberulous, much broadened at the apex, without coronula. Spikelets 2.0–2.9 mm. long, oblong-lanceolate. Inferior glume very short, bilobed, nerveless and hyaline. Superior glume c. 2/3 of the spikelet, oblong-triangular, 3(5)-nerved, hyaline, appressed hairy, hairs capitate apiculate. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate with recurved margins, centrally sulcate, 5(7)-nerved, hyaline, basally and apically appressed hairy, sometimes with conspicuous lateral swellings and bristlen hairs. Superior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate, apiculate, dark brown.
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Habitat: In miombo woodland, also on disturbed sandy soils along roadsides and river banks.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, DCR, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).

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: Digitaria comifera
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Digitaria comifera
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria comifera
Flora of Zambia: Digitaria comifera
Flora of Zimbabwe: Digitaria comifera

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Digitaria comifera.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107540, retrieved 27 May 2024

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