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Digitaria longiflora (Retz.) Pers., Syn. Pl. 1:85. 1805. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 127. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:211. 1940; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 302. 1960.

  • Digitaria filiculmis (Nees ex Miq.) Ohwi
  • Digitaria preslii (Kunth) Henr.
  • Digitaria roxburghii Spreng.
  • Milium filiforme Roxb.
  • Panicum longiflorum (Retz.) Gmel.
  • Panicum parvulum Trin.
  • Paspalum brevifolium Flugge
  • Paspalum filiculme Nees ex Miq.
  • Paspalum longiflorum Retz.
  • Paspalum preslii Kunth
  • Paspalum pseudodurva Nees
  • Paspalum pseudodurva var. minus Nees.
  • Paspalum pubescenes Presl
  • Syntherisma longiflora (Retz.) Skeels

    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.

    Type: India, Koenig (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab); throughout the Old World tropics; introduced to the New World.

    Digitaria fuscescens (Presl) Henr is doubtfully distinct, differing only in its glabrous spikelets. It occurs in Southeast Asia as far west as eastern India.


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