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

Botswana: 19 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acuminatissima StapfDescription
brazzae (Franch.) StapfNDescription
ciliaris (Retz.) KoelerDescription
debilis (Desf.) Willd.Description
eriantha Steud.Description
eylesii C.E. Hubb.Description
gayana (Kunth) Stapf ex A. Chev.Description
longiflora (Retz.) Pers.Description
maitlandii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.Description
maniculata StapfDescription
milanjiana (Rendle) StapfDescription
natalensis Stent
nuda Schumach.?Description
perrottetii (Kunth) StapfNDescription, Image
remotigluma (De Winter) ClaytonNDescription
sanguinalis (L.) Scop.N,SEDescription
scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.NDescription
seriata StapfDescription
velutina (Forssk.) P. Beauv.N,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Digitaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Digitaria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Digitaria
Flora of Malawi: Digitaria
Flora of Mozambique: Digitaria
Flora of Zambia: 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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Digitaria.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=210, retrieved 22 June 2024

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