Common name: Cotton Panic Grass
Digitaria brownii (Roem. & Schult.) Hughes APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 0.8 m high, hairy and often slightly swollen at the base.
Leaves with ligule 1–4 mm long; blade 1.5–5 mm wide, apex occasionally with a few tubercle-based hairs.
Racemes 1–11, somewhat distant on the common axis, usually with spikelets to the base or sometimes bare for up to 2 cm, spikelets mostly in pairs, shorter pedicel c. 4 mm long, the longer often twice as long. Spikelets usually enveloped in long brownish or purplish hairs that are appressed or loosely spreading at first and much spreading at maturity, 3–5 mm long including the hairs (2.5–3.5 mm without the indumentum). Lower glume glabrous, mostly to 35% the length of the spikelet, 1-nerved or nerveless. Upper glume and sterile lemma about equal, 5-nerved and densely hairy. Fertile floret a little shorter than the spikelet.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in a variety of habitats.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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