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Useful Tropical Plants

Eragrostis gangetica

(Roxb.) Steud.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Eragrostis cambessediana (Kunth) Steud.

Eragrostis dakarensis A.Chev.

Eragrostis dumasiana A.Chev.

Eragrostis elegantula Nees ex Miq.

Eragrostis flamignii De Wild.

Eragrostis kalinaensis Vanderyst

Eragrostis ovina (A.Rich.) Steud.

Eragrostis pumila A.Chev.

Eragrostis stenoclada J.Presl

Eragrostis stenophylla Hochst. ex Miq.

Eragrostis vinicolor A.Chev.

Eragrostis willdenowii Nees ex Steud.

Poa cambessediana Kunth

Poa floribunda Willd. ex Spreng.

Poa gangetica Roxb.

Poa ovina A.Rich.

Poa stenoclada (J.Presl) Kunth

Common Name:

Eragrostis gangetica

General Information

Eragrostis gangetica is a loosely to densely clump-forming, annual to perennial grass, the erect to decumbent, branched or unbranched, slender culms up to 75cm tall[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
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/
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Subtropical and tropical Africa; E. Asia - Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Weedy waste places[
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/
]. Dambo and floodplain grassland, pan margins and sand banks along rivers, and in mopane and mixed deciduous woodlands on sandy soils; also in disturbed ground at roadsides; at elevations from 490 - 1,770 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.35 m

Cultivation Details



The plant is often a weed of cultivation[
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

Seed - eaten as a cereal[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The seed is small and fiddly to utilize - it is most commonly seen as a famine food, used when nothing better is available[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

A decoction of the plant is used as a treatment for sore feet[
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/
].

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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