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Useful Tropical Plants

Eragrostis nindensis

Ficalho & Hiern

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Eragrostis acutissima Jedwabn.

Eragrostis andongensis Rendle

Eragrostis buchananii K.Schum.

Eragrostis denudata Hack.

Eragrostis guingensis Rendle

Eragrostis vanderystii De Wild..

Common Name:

Eragrostis nindensis
Flowering plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: N. Dreber; Photo Guide to Plants of Southern African plants. BioCentre Klein Flottbek, Hamburg, Germany
© N. Dreber

General Information

Eragrostis nindensis is a herbaceous perennial, clump-forming grass with a short oblique rhizome; the erect, unbranched culms are up to 90cm tall[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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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

Africa - DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.

Habitat

Granite sandveld and wooded short grassland, watershed grassland, seasonal or permanently wet dambo grassland; usually in sandy soils, Kalahari Sand and calcareous pans, on rocky outcrops, granite domes and seepage areas over rock, to 2,000 metres[
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Properties

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HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



It is a so-called ‘resurrection plant’, able to survive near-complete desiccation of its tissues. It retains mobile water in its leaves even when dried naturally to less than 20% water content. It also disassembles chloroplasts when conditions are too dry to maintain photosynthesis in order to avoid light-induced oxidative stress. Young seedlings, however, are sensitive to drought[
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Edible Uses

Seed[
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Medicinal

The young leaves are sucked to treat colds[
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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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