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Useful Tropical Plants

Digitaria fuscescens

(J.Presl) Henrard

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Digitaria pseudoischaemum Buse

Panicum pseudoischaemum (Buse) Boerl.

Paspalum fuscescens J.Presl

Paspalum micranthum Desv.

Syntherisma fuscescens (J.Presl) Scribn.

Common Name:

Digitaria fuscescens
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Cyrille Mas
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General Information

Digitaria fuscescens is a perennial grass with erect culms. The plant spreads by means of creeping stolons, forming mats of growth up to 40cm tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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The plant covers slopes quickly and can be used to control erosion.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Madagascar, Mauritius; E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines.

Habitat

Locally common as a pioneer on sandy to rocky soils in disturbed sites, such as beaches and dunes; at elevations up to 1,350 metres[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Other Uses Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusCultivated

Cultivation Details



The plant is often found as a weed of cultivated crops and disturbed soils within its native range. It has proved to be invasive when taken outside its native range, spreading into the wild by means of seeds and fragments of its rhizomes[
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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant can cover slopes quickly and so can be used for erosion control[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. It should only be used in areas where it is native, however, since the plant sometimes becomes a noxious weed.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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