Taxon: Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler

Genus: Digitaria
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Paniceae
Subtribe: Anthephorinae
Nomen number: 13998
Place of publication: Descr. Gram. 27. 1802
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 18-Jul-1988 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 02-Dec-1994
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:119-121. 1992)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Grass NE India; Grass SEAs)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Grass SAfr)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; South Africa Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape; Swaziland
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia
  • Northern America

    • Mexico
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States Idaho, Montana
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States New Mexico, Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States California
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Jamaica ; Puerto Rico ; St. Kitts and Nevis
    • Central America: Belize ; Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname
    • Southern South America: Argentina ; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Peru

  • Naturalized

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Southern America

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


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