Digitaria pseudoischaemum Buse
Panicum pseudoischaemum (Buse) Boerl.
Paspalum fuscescens J.Presl
Paspalum micranthum Desv.
Syntherisma fuscescens (J.Presl) Scribn.
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Cyrille Mas
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[
The plant covers slopes quickly and can be used to control erosion.
Africa - Madagascar, Mauritius; E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines.
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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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[
The plant can cover slopes quickly and so can be used for erosion control[
]. It should only be used in areas where it is native, however, since the plant sometimes becomes a noxious weed.
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