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Threatened species

Finger Panic Grass - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Digitaria porrecta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 03 Jan 2019


Finger Panic Grass is a loosely tufted grass growing to 60 cm tall. Its grey leaves are 2 - 3 mm wide with sharp hairs along the middle. The flowers are clustered together along a stalk in a cylinder shape. These flower clusters, which appear during summer, spread stiffly from the flowering stem, with the lower flower clusters arranged in a whorl of four to six, each up to 30 cm long.


Finger Panic Grass occurs in NSW and Queensland. In NSW it is found on the North West Slopes and Plains, from near Moree south to Tambar Springs and from Tamworth to Coonabarabran. It largely occurs on private land.

Habitat and ecology

  • In NSW, the most frequently recorded associated tree species are Eucalyptus albens and Acacia pendula. Common associated grasses and forbs in NSW sites include Austrostipa aristiglumis, Enteropogon acicularis, Cyperus bifax, Hibiscus trionum and Neptunia gracilis.
  • Flowering season is summer or late summer from mid-January to late February, with seeds maturing and falling from the plant soon after.
  • Native grassland, woodlands or open forest with a grassy understorey, on richer soils.
  • Often found along roadsides and travelling stock routes where there is light grazing and occasional fire.
  • Digitaria porrecta is a perennial tussock-forming grass that can vegetatively reproduce.
  • Fire, livestock grazing and trampling, and physical disturbance of habitat by road and farm machinery are types of disturbances known to occur in Digitaria porrecta sites. Field observations indicate that the grass does continue to persist in such habitats but the effect of the disturbances on the long term capability of the species to maintain a viable population is unknown.
  • The total number of Digitaria porrecta individuals in the wild is estimated at over 200 000 plants. Plants have been recorded as occurring occasionally and frequently in populations.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Plains Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Range Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Outwash Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Known None
NandewarInverell Basalts Known None
NandewarKaputar Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Predicted None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Predicted None