Cenchrus hystrix Fig. & De Not.
Cenchrus macrostachyus Hochst. ex Steud.
Pennisetum breviflorum Steud.
Pennisetum prieurii Kunth
Cenchrus prieurii is an annual, occasionally perennial grass with decumbent or tufted, ascending culms growing up to 75cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its edible seed.
North Africa - Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and southern Algeria to Sudan and Ethiopia; through Arabia to Pakistan and India.
Sandy, waste places[
]. Open, sandy locations at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
A plant of semi-arid and arid regions in the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. It is found in areas with a mean annual rainfall in the range 200 - 500mm[
Requires a sunny position in a light, well-drained soil[
The plant photosynthesizes by a more efficient method than most plants. Called the 'C4 carbon-fixation pathway', this process is particularly efficient at high temperatures, in bright sunlight and under dry conditions[
Seed - raw or cooked. The crushed or ground grain is made into porridge[
]. In India the grains are eaten raw and are used, mixed with pearl millet, for making bread[
]. An important, staple food for some tribes, though for others it is seen mainly as a famine food, for use when all else fails[
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