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Useful Tropical Plants

Elionurus muticus

(Spreng.) Kuntze

Poaceae


The generic name is sometimes spelled Elyonurus[
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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.
].

+ Synonyms

Anatherum megapotamicum Spreng.

Andropogon adustus Trin.

Andropogon caespitosus A.Rich.

Andropogon candidus Trin.

Andropogon chlorostachys Trin.

Andropogon dubius K.Koch

Andropogon dubius Kunth

Andropogon latiflorus Nees ex Steud.

Andropogon megapotamicus Spreng.

Andropogon rostratus (Nees) Trin.

Andropogon rostratus Nees

Andropogon tenuifolius Steud.

Andropogon thymiodorus (Nees) Steud.

Elionurus adustus (Trin.) Ekman

Elionurus argenteus Nees

Elionurus candidus (Trin.) Hack.

Elionurus chevalieri Stapf

Elionurus glaber E.Phillips

Elionurus latiflorus (Nees ex Steud.) Hack.

Elionurus marunguensis J.Duvign.

Elionurus megapotamicus (Spreng.) Herter

Elionurus planifolius Renvoize

Elionurus pretoriensis E.Phillips

Elionurus prostratus Kunth

Elionurus rostratus Burm.

Elionurus rostratus Nees

Elionurus thimiodorus Nees

Elionurus viridulus Hack.

Elyonurus adustus (Trin.) Ekman

Elyonurus argenteus Nees

Elyonurus candidus (Trin.) Hack.

Elyonurus glaber E.Phillips

Elyonurus latiflorus (Nees ex Steud.) Hack.

Elyonurus megapotamicus (Spreng.) Herter

Elyonurus muticus (Spreng.) Kuntze

Elyonurus planifolius Renvoize

Elyonurus rostratus Nees

Lycurus muticus Spreng.

Common Name:

Elionurus muticus
Growing plant
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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Elionurus muticus Elionurus muticus

General Information

Elionurus muticus is a perennial, densely clump-forming grass with erect culms 15 - 100cm long.
The plant makes an excellent soil binder in sandy soils and has minor local medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Argentina, north to Venezuela and the Guyanas. N. America - Mexico. Africa - tropical areas to S. Africa. Arabia.

Habitat

Open, deciduous bushland in west tropical Africa[
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/
]. Rocky upland chaparral and savannah at elevations of 820 metres in Venezuela.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Found in subtropical to tropical areas at elevations from 15 - 2,500 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

The plant recovers well from bush fires, regrowing and coming into flower very quickly after the fire[
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/
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root is chewed as a remedy for toothache[
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/
]. A medicine made from the root is used to treat intestinal upsets[
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/
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is considered an excellent soil-binder in sand dunes[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

The root of the plant, when growing in southern Africa, may contain an essential oil[
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/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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