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Digitaria velutina (Forssk.) P.Beauv.
Family Poaceae
Digitaria velutina (Forssk.) P.Beauv. APNI*

Description: Tufted annuals with decumbent culms to c. 80 cm tall, 2–5-noded.

Leaf-sheaths glabrous;auricles present; ligule an eciliate membrane; blade flat, to 15 cm long, 3–17 mm wide, smooth, hirsute; margins scabrous.

Inflorescence subdigitate, with (3-)7–20 racemes, each 3–13 cm long; rhachis narrowly winged, angular, glabrous on surface or with scattered hairs, scabrous on margins. Spikelets imbricate or lax, 50–80% of their length apart, appressed, in pairs, all alike; pedicels 0.3–0.7 mm long, scabrous, 2-flowered, lower floret sterile, upper fertile, elliptic, dorsally compressed, subacute, 1.5–2.1 mm long, falling entire. Lower glume ovate, acute, 0–0.24 mm long, to 10% spikelet length, pubescent, hairy between nerves; upper glume lanceolate, 1.2–1.6 mm long, 65–80% spikelet length, 3-nerved. Sterile lemma elliptic, 1.6–2 mm long, 100% spikelet length, membranous, 7-nerved, with equidistant nerves, nerves free at apex, puberulous or pubescent, hairy between nerves, eciliate or ciliate on margins, acute, without significant palea. Fertile lemma elliptic, 1.5–2.1 mm long, cartilaginous, much thinner on margins, grey or dark brown, 3-nerved; striate; margins flat, covering most of palea, ciliate; apex muticous. Palea cartilaginous.

Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT
AVH map***

Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).

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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