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Family: Poaceae
Digitaria coenicola

Citation: Hughes, Kew Bull. 1923:313 (1923) var. coenicola.

Synonymy: Panicum coenicolum F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:45 (1855).

Common name: Spider grass, finger panic grass.

Perennial, with erect or geniculate culms 15-60 cm high; leaf blades flat, linear, densely pubescent on both sides, the margins often somewhat undulate, 5-15 cm long, 3-6 mm broad; ligule obtuse or jagged.

Racemes stiffly spreading at maturity, the lower in a whorl of 5-10 and to 25 cm long, the upper mostly arising singly, bare at their bases for 5-20 cm; spikelets usually in pairs, 4.5-5 mm long, linear-elliptic to linear-lanceolate, the hairs towards the upper part of the spikelet spreading at maturity and giving the spikelet an obtuse appearance, the shorter pedicel c. 0.5-2 mm long, the other 4-15 mm long; first glume one-sixth to one-third as long as the spikelet, obscurely 3-nerved, a little remote from the second glume; second glume and first (sterile) lemma more or less equal, 5-7-nerved, pubescent especially above; fertile floret c. 4 mm long.

Published illustration: Lazarides (1970) The grasses of Central Australia, pl. 29b; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 86.

Distribution:    all mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: all months.

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Biology: No text

Uses: Valued as a pasture species in dry areas.

Author: Not yet available

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