Digitaria thouaresiana (Flüggé) A. Camus

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Synonyms: Digitaria melanochila Stapf
Digitaria scaettae Robyns
Digitaria scaettae var. glabra Robyns & Van der Veken
Digitaria tricostulata (Hack.) Henrard
Panicum puberulum var. tricostulatum Hackel
Panicum thouaresianum Fluegge
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A loosely caespitose annual. Culms 20–40(80) cm., erect, glabrous, nodes dark and glabrous. Leaf sheaths glabrous. Ligule c. 2 mm. long, rounded triangular, entire. Leaf laminae 3–20 × 0.2–0.6 cm., linear, flat, glabrous, sometimes scaberulous on both surfaces, basally often with a few bulbous-based bristles, scaberulous along the margin. Inflorescence of 3–7 racemes, 7–15 cm. long, a few together or all solitary along a short common axis, often pseudoviviparous. Rhachis triquetrous, broadly winged, up to 1 mm. broad, smooth with scabrous margins. Pedicels 3-nate, 0.5–2.5 mm. long, terete to compressed, minutely scaberulous, broadened at the apex, bearing a poorly developed coronula with cilia up to 0.3 trim. long. Spikelets 1.2–1.8 mm. long, ovate. Inferior glume absent. Superior glume 1/3–4/5 of the spikelet in length, ovate-oblong, 3-nerved, hyaline, glabrous or appressed hairy, hairs white, capitate-apiculate. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, ovate with recurved margins, 5-nerved, hyaline, glabrous or appressed hairy. Superior lemma as long as the spikelet, ovate, apiculate. dark brown.
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Habitat: On disturbed soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Cameroon to Kenya, south to South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 144. (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 melanochila

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: cultivated Digitaria thouaresiana
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria thouaresiana
African Plant Database: Digitaria thouaresiana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Digitaria thouaresiana
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Tropicos: Digitaria thouaresiana
Wikipedia: Digitaria thouaresiana

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 thouaresiana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107780, retrieved 12 April 2024

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