Digitaria pseudodiagonalis Chiov.

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Synonyms: Digitaria eglumis Peter
Digitaria eglumis var. reducta P. Goetghebeur
Digitaria intecta Stapf
Digitaria minutiflora Stapf
Panicum minutiflorum Hochst. ex A. Rich.
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A loosely caespitose or solitary growing, slender to rather robust annual. Culms 20–80 cm., erect or ascending, glabrous, nodes dark, hairy. Leaf sheaths glabrous to loosely hairy. Ligule 0.5–1.5 mm. long, truncate, ciliate. Leaf laminae 5–25 × 0.2–0.5 cm., linear, flat, scaberulous on the superior surface, glabrous on the inferior surface, scabrous along the margin. Inflorescence composed of (3)5–17 racemes, erect to very slightly arching, paired or solitary along a well developed common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, scarcely winged, up to 0.3 mm. wide, smooth or scabrous, margins scabrous. Pedicels 3–5-nate, triangular to compressed, scabrous, broadened at the apex, bearing a coronula of (1) 2–6 long bristle hairs, these often overtopping the spikelet. Spikelets 0.6–1.3 mm. long, ovate. Inferior glume absent. Superior glume very short, truncate, nerveless, glabrous, hyaline. Inferior lemma as long as the spikelet or somewhat shorter, rarely only 1/3 of the spikelet, ovate, 3-nerved, glabrous, hyaline. Superior lemma as long as the spikelet, ovate, acute, slightly to prominently papillose, conspicuously shining, dark brown.
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Habitat: On shallow soil over rocks in miombo woodland, in dambos, weed along roadsides and in plantations.
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Worldwide distribution: Scattered from Guinee to Ethiopia and south to Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,S,W
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 141 - 142. (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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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Digitaria pseudodiagonalis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107720, retrieved 2 February 2023

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