Digitaria eylesii C.E. Hubb.

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Synonyms: Digitaria eylesii var. hirta P. Goetghebeur
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A rhizomatous perennial, base surrounded by cataphylls. Culms 40–60 cm., erect, glabrous, nodes dark, glabrous. Leaf sheaths glabrous. Ligule c. 0.5 mm. long, truncate, shortly ciliate. Leaf laminae 5–10 × 0.2–0.4 cm., linear, flat, superior surface glabrous or loosely hairy near the ligule, inferior surface glabrous, sometimes scaberulous, smooth on the margins. Inflorescence composed of 1–2(3) racemes, (8)10–20 cm. long, erect, solitary along a short common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, narrowly winged, up to 0.3 mm. broad, smooth with scabrous margins. Pedicels 3-nate, 0.5–2.5 mm. long, subtriangular, scaberulous near the broadened apex, bearing a poorly developed coronula. Spikelets 2.5–3.0 mm. long, oblong-lanceolate. Inferior glume very short, ovate, truncate, nerveless, hyaline. Superior glume c. 1/2 of the spikelet, oblong-triangular, 3–5-nerved, glabrous or very loosely hairy, hairs white, capitate-apiculate. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblonglanceolate with recurved margins, 7-nerved, the central and two pseudomarginal nerves well developed, glabrous or very loosely hairy. Superior lemma as long as the spikelet, oblong-lanceolate, acute, dark brown.
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Derivation of specific name: eylesii: named after Frederick Eyles (1864 - 1937)
Habitat: In wet vlei grassland, floodplains and dambos.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 149. (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.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria eylesii
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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: Species information: Digitaria eylesii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107600, retrieved 23 April 2024

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