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Published In: Systema Vegetabilium 2: 474. 1817. (Nov 1817) (Syst. Veg. (ed. 15 bis)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: September.
Type: Type: India, Heyne (B).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab & Kashmir); Tanzania, Mauritius and the Seychelles; through Asia to the Pacific Islands.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Specimens with glassy bristles on one or both spikelets of a pair are sometimes segregated as var. calliblepharata but the character does not seem to be of much taxonomic consequence in Digitaria.
Map Location: C-7 Rawalpindi dist.: Saidpur, R.R. Stewart 23666 (K, KUH); Topi Park, 1700', R.R. Stewart 21895 (K, RAW); D-7 Lahore dist.: Changa Manga, 5 December 1954, Sultan Ahmad s.n. (K, RAW).


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Annual; culms 20-80 cm high, geniculately ascending from a decumbent base. Leaf-blades broadly linear to lanceolate, 3-25 cm long, 3-12 mm wide. Inflorescence composed of 3-15 racemes arranged on a common axis 1-6 cm long, or digitate in the smaller plants; racemes 4-15 cm long, the spikelets binate and overlapping by ± two-thirds their length on a narrowly winged rhachis with triquetrous midrib, this sometimes bearing a few long glistening hairs; pedicels triquetrous with truncate tip. Spikelets lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 2-3.5 mm long; lower glume absent or very obscure; upper glume one-eighth to one-third (rarely up to half) as long as the spikelet, oblong or triangular, nerveless to sub-3-nerved; lower lemma as long as the spikelet, 7-nerved, the nerves evenly spaced or with a wide central interspace, appressedly or silky pubescent, rarely with a ciliate frill, very rarely with stiff bristles; fruit lanceolate, grey to yellowish-brown.
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