Digitaria ternata (A.Rich.) Stapf APNI*
Description: Tufted annual to 0.5 m high.
Leaves with sheath glabrous; ligule 1–2 mm long; blade 2–6 mm wide, glabrous or with few fine spreading hairs especially at the base.
Racemes 2–7, sessile, 5–25 cm long, spikelets crowded, mostly ternate on very unequal slender pedicels. Spikelets 2–2.5 mm long, densely pubescent with short clavate hairs (with magnification). Lower glume absent; upper shorter and narrower than the spikelet, 3-nerved, pubescent between the nerves and on the margins. Sterile lemma equalling the spikelet, 5-nerved, pubescent between all the nerves and the margins or the median 2 spaces glabrous. Fertile floret almost equalling the spikelet, very early dark purplish to black with broad whitish hyaline margins. Palea black.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed habitats. Native of Asia & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *ST
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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