Plants of the Castlemaine District

Summer Grass - introduced (*Digitaria sanguinalis)

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summer grass

Native of Asia and southern Europe. Annual. C4.


It is a common weed of gardens, nature strips, and disturbed land. It grows prolifically in summer. It differs from most windmill grasses in that the radiating arms are usually slightly offset.

Digitatus: with fingers; sanguinalis: of blood red colour, as in photo L2.

1. Summer Grass (Castlemaine). The spikelets are pressed aginst the arms and without awns.
2: The radiating arms are offset. 3,4: The stems and flower sprays redden as they mature. Castlemaine.

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