Digitaria nuda Schumach.

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Synonyms: Digitaria borbonica Desv.
Digitaria diamesa (Steud.) A. Chev.
Digitaria nuda subsp. schumacheriana Henrard
Digitaria nuda subsp. senegalensis Henrard
Panicum diamesum Steud.
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Status: Native
A creeping or decumbent, sometimes mat-forming annual. Culms 10–50 cm., glabrous, nodes dark and (sub)glabrous. Leaf sheaths scaberulous, sometimes loosely hairy. Ligule 1–2 mm. long, truncate, erose. Leaf laminae (2)5–12 × 0.3–0.6(0.8) cm., linear, flat, scaberulous on both surfaces, scaberulous along the margin. Inflorescence composed of 2–10 racemes, (3)7–12 cm. long, in one or two superposed whorls of 2–5 racemes each. Rhachis triquetrous, winged, up to 0.7 mm. broad, smooth with scabrous margins. Pedicels 2-nate, 0.5–2 mm. long, triangular, scaberulous, slightly broadened at the apex. Spikelets 2–2.8 mm. long, oblong to lanceolate. Inferior glume shorter than 0.2 mm., poorly developed or even absent. Superior glume 1/2–2/3 of the spikelet, oblong triangular, 3-nerved, appressed hairy, hairs fine, smooth, acute, hyaline. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblonglanceolate, 5–7-nerved, nerves smooth, mostly (but not always) equidistant, appressed hairy. Superior lemma as long as to slightly shorter than the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate, acute, pale yellow to reddish brown, sometimes bluish grey.
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Habitat: Weed on ruderal land.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 35. As Digitaria borbonica

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 134.

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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 nuda.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107690, retrieved 16 July 2024

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