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Tropical Finger-grass - Digitaria ciliaris

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Species Description

Stace 4:

Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler (D. adscendens (Kunth) Henrard) - Tropical Finger-grass.

Differs from D. sanguinalis in leaves usually glabrous on upperside; and see key; (2n=36, 54, 72). Neophyte-casual; from similar sources as D. sanguinalis, not naturalised; scattered in Britain; tropics of Old World.


  • Upper glume ≤3/4 as long as lower lemma; spikelets 2.5-3.5(3.8)mm, sparsely appressed-hairy; sheaths usually hairy, sometimes not; pedicels often slightly thicker near apex but simply truncate
  • Lower lemma usually with smooth veins, often hairy at edges; upper glume (1/2)2/3-3/4 as long as spikelet, tapering-acute

Useful Links:

Manual of the Alien Plants of Belgium