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Taxon: Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler

Genus: Digitaria
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Paniceae
Nomen number: 13998
Place of publication: Descr. Gram. 27. 1802
Name verified on: 18-Jul-1988 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 02-Dec-1994
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • common crabgrass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • crabgrass   (Source: J. Veldkamp, p.c.) – English
  • southern crabgrass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • summer grass   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • tropical finger grass   (Source: R. P. Ellis, p.c.) – English
  • digitaire ciliée   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Wimperfingerhirse   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • takri   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – India (Hindi)
  • capim-milhã   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • milhã   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • pata de gallina   (Source: Grass Cuba II) – Spanish
  • franshirs   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon
    South Tropical Africa: Mozambique; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Botswana; South Africa - Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape; Swaziland
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania [s.]
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska [s.e.], Oklahoma
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Idaho [s.e.], Montana [e.]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky [w.], Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico [s.], Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California [s.]
    Caribbean: Jamaica; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina; Uruguay

    Australia: Australia
    Caribbean: Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Guadeloupe
    Southern South America: Chile

  • exact native range obscure




Check other web resources for Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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