Common name: Small-flowered Finger Grass
Digitaria parviflora (R.Br.) Hughes APNI*
Description: Erect caespitose perennial to 1.5 m high, ± villous at the base.
Leaves with sheath often ± villous; ligule 2–5 mm long; blade mostly 2–5 mm wide, but can be > 10 mm wide.
Racemes 6–20 or more, 6–15 cm long, the lower often with short branches, spikelets loose or irregularly crowded, mostly paired, sometimes appearing in groups of 3 or 4 when on short branches, 1 pedicel of each pair longer than the spikelet, the other short. Spikelets c. 1.8–2.2 mm long, glabrous or sparsely and shortly pubescent. Lower glume to 0.6 mm long, faintly 1-nerved or variously reduced; upper subequal to the sterile lemma, the 3 central nerves running to the tip. Sterile lemma 5–7-nerved. Fertile floret equalling the sterile lemma, apiculate, turgid, finely punctulate-striolate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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