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Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler, Descr. Gram. 27. 1802;Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 540. 1978.


Digitaria ciliaris

Credit: CC Hsu

Panicum ciliare Retz., Observ. Bot. 4: 16. 1786.

Annuals; culm weak, base decumbent, branching, 50-100 cm tall. Blade linear, 8-20 cm long, 50-12 mm wide; sheath more or less pilose; ligule membranaceous, 1-3 mm long, truncate. Inflorescence in subcontracted 3-8 digitate racemes, recemes 5-15 cm long; rachis 0.6-1 mm wide, margins serrate. Spikelets suppressed on one side of rachis, ca. 3 mm long, greenish or purplish; pedicels unequal, triangular, serrate; lower glume minute but distinct, ca. 2 mm long, triangular; upper glume lanceolate, 1/2- 3/5 as long as spikelet, narrow, margins ciliate, 3-veined; lower lemma broadly lanceolate, strongly 5-7 veined, membranaceous, lateral intervein spaces appressedly pubescent, hairs sometimes spreading at maturity but connected at apex; upper lemma lanceolate, coriaceous, pale green to yellowish brown, as long as lower lemma; anther ca. 0.9 mm long.

ILAN: Chiaochi, Hsu 832; Tali, Hsu 810. TAIPEI: Kankou, Hsu 642. TAOYUAN: Neili, Hsu 1220. MIAOLI: Chunan, Hsu 736; Tapu, Hsu 603. TAICHUNG: Pashienshan, Hsu 419. CHIAYI: Alishan, Huang 1774. TAINAN: Hsinhua, Hsu 718. KAOHSIUNG: Fengshan, Suzuki 4287. PINGTUNG: Fengkang, Hsu 1184. TAITUNG: Chihpen, Hsu 315; Lutao Is., Kudo & Mori 199. HUALIEN: Milun, Yamamoto 3251.

The tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Taiwan, in wayside and open ground, also cultivated as a fodder grass.


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