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Digitaria porrecta S.T.Blake
Family Poaceae
Common name: Finger Panic Grass

Digitaria porrecta S.T.Blake APNI*

Synonyms: Digitaria coenicola var. ramosa Vickery APNI*

Description: Loosely caespitose, erect or geniculate-ascending greyish pubescent perennial, to 0.6 m high, swollen at the base; culms and sheaths hairy, especially near the nodes, becoming glabrous upwards.

Leaves with ligule 2–3 mm long, margins jagged; blade 2–3 mm wide, with well-developed spicules on margins.

Peduncle much exserted at length, compressible. Racemes stiffly spreading at maturity, the lower in a whorl of 4 to 6 and to 30 cm long, bare at their bases for 4–11 cm, mostly unilaterally branched; the branches 3–12 cm long, bearing 3–13 paired or solitary spikelets. Spikelets 5–7 mm long. Lower glume 1–1.7 mm long, glabrous; upper glume 4.5–6.5 mm long, pubescent. Lower lemma 4.5–6 mm long, pubescent; upper lemma 4.5–5.5 mm long, acuminate, muricate.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland on better soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
AVH map***

This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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