The genera Brachiaria and Urochloa are closely related, and the two are united by some authors. See Veldkamp, Taxon 45 (1986) 319. However, this unification is not accepted by all authors - see Flora of China Vol 22 pp520-523 2006. We are following the treatment in the Flora of China and the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', and treating the two genera as distinct[
Brachiaria and Urochloa are distinguished mainly by habit, Urochloa having rather more flattened, cuspidate spikelets enclosing a pronounced mucro from the upper lemma. The different spikelet orientation is also characteristic, though not obvious when the spikelets are paired. In Urochloa the lower glume faces outward, whereas in Brachiaria it lies against the rachis[
Panicum amplexifolium Hochst.
Panicum exasperatum Nees ex Steud.
Panicum hamadense Mez
Panicum insculptum Steud.
Panicum latum Schumach.
Urochloa caboverdiana (Conert & C.Kohler) Veldkamp, Potdar & S.R.Yadav
Urochloa insculpta (Steud.) Stapf
Urochloa lata (Schumach.) C.E.Hubb.
Brachiaria lata is a loosely tufted, annual grass with erect to geniculately ascending culms growing 30 - 150cm tall, the culms sometimes root at their lower nodes[
The seed is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Macaronesia - Cape Verde; Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Cameroon; Arabian Peninsula; E. Asia - India
A weed of cultivated land and disturbed soils[
Seed - cooked[
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