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Brachiaria lata

(Schumach.) C.E.Hubb.

Poaceae


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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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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[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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+ Synonyms

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.

Common Name:

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General Information

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[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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The seed is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Macaronesia - Cape Verde; Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Cameroon; Arabian Peninsula; E. Asia - India

Habitat

A weed of cultivated land and disturbed soils[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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