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W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson

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Digitaria velutina

HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 20–80 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; 2–15 cm long; 3–17 mm wide.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes.

Racemes (3–)7–20; digitate, or borne along a central axis; unilateral; 3–13 cm long. Central inflorescence axis 1–7 cm long. Rhachis narrowly winged; angular; glabrous on surface, or with scattered hairs; scabrous on margins. Spikelet packing lax; 0.5–0.8 their length apart.

Spikelets appressed; in pairs. Fertile spikelets pedicelled; 2 in the cluster; all alike.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; subacute; 1.5–2.1 mm long; falling entire.

GLUMES Glumes one the lower absent or obscure, or two; dissimilar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0–0.15 mm long; 0.1 length of spikelet. Upper glume lanceolate; 0.65–0.8 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent; hairy between veins. Upper glume apex acute.

FLORETS Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 7 -veined; with equidistant veins; puberulous, or pubescent; hairy between veins; eciliate on margins, or ciliate on margins; acute. Fertile lemma elliptic; 1.5–2.1 mm long; cartilaginous; much thinner on margins; grey, or dark brown; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma margins flat; covering most of palea; ciliate. Palea cartilaginous.

DISTRIBUTION Africa: north, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, south, and western Indian ocean. Asia-temperate: Arabia. Australasia: Australia. South America: Mesoamericana.

NOTES Paniceae. FTEA.

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