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Useful Tropical Plants

Eragrostis minor

Host

Poaceae


This species intergrades with Eragrostis cilianensis, being distinguished by the narrower oblong (rather than ovate) spikelets, shorter lemmas, more open panicle and broadly oblong grain; but no single character can be relied upon to separate the two species[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

+ Synonyms

Eragrostis beguinotii Belosersky

Eragrostis borysthenica (Schmalh.) Klokov

Eragrostis brizoides Costa

Eragrostis cilianensis pooides (Husn.) Maire

Eragrostis eragrostis microstachya Farw.

Eragrostis megastachya nana Trab.

Eragrostis megastachya pooides Husn.

Eragrostis multiflora pappiana Chiov.

Eragrostis multiflora poioides (Husn.) Trab.

Eragrostis pappiana (Chiov.) Chiov.

Eragrostis pilosa minor (Host) Kuntze

Eragrostis poiformis Link

Eragrostis poioides P.Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.

Eragrostis pooides P.Beauv.

Eragrostis suaveolens A.K.Becker ex Claus

Eragrostis vulgaris Coss. & Germ.

Eragrostis vulgaris minor (Host) Rouy

Eragrostis vulgaris pooides (Husn.) Douin

Eragrostis willdenoviana Nees ex Hook. & Arn.

Poa canariensis Willd. ex Spreng.

Poa eragrostis L.

Common Name:

Eragrostis minor
Plants can flower and set seed when only 5cm tall
Photograph by: Leo Michels
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General Information

Eragrostis minor is a loosely clump-forming annual to perennial grass with ascending culms 6 - 60cm tall[
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, especially in times of need.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Widespread through temperate Europe and Asia, and the subtropics and tropics of Africa and Asia to New Guinea.

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/
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed - eaten as a cereal[
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 seed is small and fiddly to utilize - it is most commonly seen as a famine food, used when nothing better is available[
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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