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Useful Tropical Plants

Eragrostis aethiopica

Chiov.

Poaceae


This is a diploid species; it is very closely related to the tetraploid Eragrostis pilosa (L.) P.Beauv.

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General Information

Eragrostis aethiopica is an erect or ascending annual grass that can grow up to 75 cm tall. The stem (culm) is slender, either solitary or tufted[
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The seed is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, but usually only as a last resort in times of food shortage.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi. Mozambique, south to S. Africa, Madagascar.

Habitat

Semi-desert and savannah areas on sand, silt or clay, in areas such as floodplain grassland, small vleis, pan edges and banks and beds of rivers, but also in disturbed habitats, such as roadsides and cultivated land, at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is considered to be a weed is some areas, such as Mozambique[
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Edible Uses

Seed[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination is usually very quick and free.
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