Digitaria brownii (Roem. & Schult.) Hughes

Cotton Panic-grass

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1923: 313 (1923) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms erect, to 60 cm high; base of plant thickened and hairy. Leaves glabrous, or with scattered, tubercle-based hairs, sometimes subvelutinous; blade flat, 3–12 cm long, 1–7 mm wide; ligule truncate, 1–6 mm long. Panicle 5–15 cm long, composed of 1–6 one-sided racemes to 10 cm long, not whorled, appressed or spreading. Spikelets c. 3 mm long (exceeded by the dense silky hairs from the upper glume and lower lemma), mostly paired, on unequal pedicels, the longer pedicel to c. 4 mm; lower glume obtuse to truncate, c. 1 mm long; upper glume 3-nerved, acute, as long as the spikelet; lower lemma 5–7-nerved, equal to upper glume; palea of lower floret vestigial or absent; upper (bisexual) floret subequal to spikelet, lemma shortly acuminate, dorsally rounded, finely granular. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

EGU, NIS, VRiv, Wim. All mainland states. Rare in Victoria where known from scattered dry, rocky localities in the north of the state (e.g. Wycheproof, Charlton area, Suggan Buggan).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Digitaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Digitaria brownii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Digitaria brownii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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