Digitaria remotigluma (De Winter) Clayton

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Synonyms: Digitariella remotigluma De Winter
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Status: Native
A loosely caespitose or creeping annual. Culms (5)10–40(50) cm., decumbent or creeping at the base, glabrous, nodes dark and loosely to densely hairy. Leaf sheaths subglabrous to partly densely hairy, scaberulous. Ligule 1–2 mm. long, subtruncate, entire. Leaf laminae 3–8 × 0.2–0.4 cm., linear, flat, subglabrous and scaberulous on both surfaces, scaberulous along the crisped margin. Inflorescence composed of (1)2–5 racemes, 5–15 cm. long, mostly in one whorl, sometimes in two whorls, separated by a short common axis. Rhachis triquetrous, narrowly winged, up to 0.5 mm. broad, smooth with scabrous margins. Pedicels 2-nate, 0.5–2.5 mm. long, subterete to triangular, ciliate, not broadened at the apex, which can bear a poorly developed coronula. Spikelets 8–11(15) mm. long, linear. Inferior glume 0.25–0.75 mm. long, truncate, rarely oblong triangular, nerveless, hyaline, separated from the other scales by a narrow stipe, 1–3 mm. long. Superior glume 7–8(12) mm. long, lanceolate-linear, 7-nerved, the central and submarginal nerves well developed, pale green, appressed hairy, hairs fine, with an irregularly recurved apex. Inferior lemma c. 4 mm. long, lanceolate, 5-nerved, appressed hairy, pale green. Superior lemma c. 3 mm. long, lanceolate, acuminate, pale yellow to greenish or bluish purple.
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Habitat: On sandy river banks and in dambos.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,W
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 159. (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.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 188.

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Flora of Botswana: Digitaria remotigluma
Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria remotigluma
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria remotigluma
Flora of Zimbabwe: Digitaria remotigluma

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Digitaria remotigluma
African Plant Database: Digitaria remotigluma
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Digitaria remotigluma
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JSTOR Plant Science: Digitaria remotigluma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Digitaria remotigluma
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Digitaria remotigluma
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Digitaria remotigluma
Plants of the World Online: Digitaria remotigluma
Tropicos: Digitaria remotigluma
Wikipedia: Digitaria remotigluma

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Digitaria remotigluma.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107730, retrieved 17 October 2021

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