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

Zambia: 47 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
abyssinica (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) StapfN
acuminatissima StapfN,S,WDescription
angolensis RendleB,N,C,SN,Lk,S,WDescription
atrofusca (Hack.) Camus N
bidactyla van der Veken [LR-nt]N
brazzae (Franch.) StapfB,N,W,C,SC,S,WDescription
calcarata Clayton [DD]N
ciliaris (Retz.) KoelerE,Lk,WDescription
comifera Pilg.B,N,C,SC,S,WDescription
complanata Goetgh. NDescription, Image
compressa StapfN,C,E,SN,S,WDescription
debilis (Desf.) Willd.N,E,WDescription
diagonalis (Nees) StapfLk,S,WDescription
eriantha Steud.C,WDescription
eylesii C.E. Hubb.Nw,C,SDescription
flaccida Stapf
floribunda Goetgh. N
gayana (Kunth) Stapf ex A. Chev.N,C,WDescription
gazensis RendleB,N,W,C,E,SN,C,Lk,WDescription, Image
hyalina Robyns & van der VekenCb
leptorrhachis (Pilg.) Stapf Nw
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.Cb,C,WDescription
maniculata StapfS,WDescription
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfN,Lk,S,WDescription
minoriflora Goetgh. [DD]Lp
monodactyla (Nees) StapfLk,WDescription
nitens RendleLkDescription
nuda Schumach.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,E,LkDescription
parodii Jacq.-Fél. Cb,N
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfB,N,W,C,SN,C,Lk,WDescription, Image
phaeotricha (Chiov.) Robyns Lp,C
poggeana Mez N
procurrens Goetgh. [DD]N
pseudodiagonalis Chiov.N,S,WDescription
pulchra Van der Veken N
redheadii (C.E.Hubb.) Clayton Nw,W
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonB,N,W,E,SC,WDescription
rukwae Clayton N
sacculata Clayton [DD]N
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.B,N,C,E,SE,Lk,WDescription
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.B,N,CLk,WDescription
setifolia StapfWCbDescription
siderograpta Chiov. N,WCb
tenuifolia Goetgh. [LR-nt]N
ternata (A. Rich.) StapfN,W,E,SN,Lk,SDescription
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.C,SLk,WDescription, Image
ventriosa van der Veken Nw

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Digitaria
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria
Flora of Mozambique: 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 25 May 2024

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