Taxon: Digitaria abyssinica (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Stapf

Genus: Digitaria
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Paniceae
Subtribe: Anthephorinae
Nomen number: 13989
Place of publication: Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1907:213. 1907
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 05-Apr-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 25-Jan-2018
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Abyssinian finger grass  (Source: pers. comm.) - English
  • African couch grass  (Source: USDA/APHIS) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA; F TE Afr)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad ; Ethiopia ; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; South Africa Cape Province, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal
    • West Tropical Africa: Nigeria
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Gabon ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka

  • Naturalized

  • Northern America

    • United States


  • Boonsuk, B. et al. 2016. A taxonomic revision of the genus Digitaria (Panicoideae: Poaceae) in mainland Southeast Asia (Phytotaxa) 246:248-280.
  • CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland Documenta CIBA-GEIGY (Grass weeds 1. 1980, 2. 1981; Monocot weeds 3. 1982; Dicot weeds 1. 1988) (Weed CIBA)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. (F Ceylon)
  • Ellis, R. P. 1997. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. Flora zambesiaca. (F Zamb)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Gibbs-Russell, G. E. et al. Grasses of southern Africa. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa vol. 58. 1990 (Grass SAfr)
  • Holm, L. et al. A geographical atlas of world weeds. 1979 (Atlas WWeed)
  • Plant Protection and Quarantine Office United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal noxious weed list (on-line resource). (USDA/APHIS)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Thulin, M., ed. Flora of Somalia. (F Somalia)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  • Zon, A. P. M. van der Graminées du Cameroun. 1992 (Grass Camer)


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