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Family: Poaceae

Citation: Wiltd., Enum. Hort. Berol. 1029 (1809).

Derivation: Greek daktylos, finger; ktenion, a little comb; the spikes are digitate and comb-like.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Annuals or perennials, with prostrate to erect stems; leaf blades flat; ligule membranous.

Inflorescence an umbel of spikes; spikelets 3-5-flowered, compressed laterally, sessile and crowded in 2 rows along one side of the narrow rhachis of the spike and almost at right angles to it, the rhachis projecting in an erect point beyond the spikelets; terminal floret barren; rhachilla disarticulating; glumes 1-nerved, shorter than the florets, broad and boat-shaped, the first persistent, the second deciduous; lemmas also broad, stiff, keeled, acuminate, curved outwards along the keel, 3-nerved.

Distribution:  10 species from warm areas.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Spikes 15-40 mm long; spikelets 2.5-3 mm long
D. aegyptium 1.
1. Spikes 5-12 mm long; spikelets c. 5 mm long
D. radulans 2.

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