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Published In: Synopsis Plantarum 1: 85. 1805. (Syn. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Type: India, Koenig (K).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab); throughout the Old World tropics; introduced to the New World.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Digitaria fuscescens (Presl) Henr is doubtfully distinct, differing only in its glabrous spikelets. It occurs in Southeast Asia as far west as eastern India.
Map Location: D-7 Lyallpur dist.: Ravi Chenab doab, October 1846, T. Thomson 299 (K).


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Annual or sometimes short-lived perennial, varying from a prostrate creeper to a leafy upright plant; culms 10-60 cm high, ascending from a stoloniferous base. Leaf-blades 1-9 cm long, 1-5 mm wide, the blades and sheaths usually glabrous but occasionally hirsute. Inflorescence composed of 24 (typically 2) digitate racemes; racemes 1-10 cm long, the spikelets ternate on a ribbon-like winged rhachis with low rounded midrib; pedicels terete, smooth, with discoid or cupuliform tip. Spikelets narrowly ovate-elliptic, 1.2-1.8 mm long; lower glume a minute hyaline rim; upper glume as long as the spikelet, 5-nerved, with short appressed verrucose hairs between the nerves (sometimes glabrous between 1st and 2nd lateral nerves); lower lemma as long as the spikelet, 7-nerved, pubescent with verrucose hairs or these appressed and barely visible (sometimes glabrous beside midrib and between 2nd and 3rd nerves); fruit ellipsoid, pallid, light brown or light grey.
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