Digitaria exilis

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Digitaria exilis (Kippist) Stapf

Poaceae

Life form: grass
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Digitaria exilis, commonly known as Hungry Rice, is a grass.

Naming

Digitaria exilis was already described and the name validly published by Richard Kippist. It was Otto Stapf, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Digitaria exilis is a species in the genus Digitaria which contains approximately 273 to 298 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 30 to 80 centimetres.

Leaves

Digitaria exilis has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

The flowers of Digitaria exilis are arranged in panicles.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Digitaria exilis is native to tropical Africa.

Cultivation

The grasses tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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