Plants annual or of indefinite duration; not stoloniferous. Culms
20-30 cm, decumbent and rooting at the nodes; nodes glabrous. Sheaths
mostly glabrous, throats with papillose-based hairs; blades 4-7 cm long,
3-6 mm wide, glabrous. Panicles with 2-4 spikelike primary branches,
if more than 2, rachises 7-20 mm and the branches racemose; primary branches
3-6 cm, terminal branch erect, the other(s) usually divergent, axes wing-margined,
wings wider than the midribs, with spikelets in unequally pedicellate groups
of 3 on the basal and mid-portions; secondary branches rarely present;
shortest pedicels about 0.05 mm; middle pedicels about 0.1 mm;
longest pedicels 0.2-0.3 mm, adnate to the branch axes basally; axillary
panicles not present. Spikelets homomorphic, 1.5-1.7 mm, lanceolate.
Lower glumes absent; upper glumes almost equaling the upper lemmas,
conspicuously 3-veined; lower lemmas slightly longer than the upper lemmas,
7-veined, veins unequally spaced, all the intercostal regions sparsely hairy,
hairs about 0.3 mm; upper lemma slight brown when immature, dark brown
at maturity. 2n = unknown.
Digitaria floridana is a rare species that is known only from sandy pine
woods in Hernando County, Florida.