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Digitaria patens (Texas cottontop)
Livings, Hal

Digitaria patens

Digitaria patens (Swallen) Henr.

Texas Cottontop

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Trichachne patens

USDA Symbol: DIPA6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye. The color of the pubescence of this species is very variable.


Native Distribution: Endemic to Texas.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Digitaria patens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Digitaria patens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Digitaria patens


Record Modified: 2015-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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