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Useful Tropical Plants

Eragrostis plana

Nees

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Diplachne hackeliana Thell.

Common Name:

Eragrostis plana
Drawing of the flowering plant
Photograph by: Wood, J.M., Evans, M.S., Natal plants, vol. 5: t. 416 (1904-1908)
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General Information

Eragrostis plana is a herbaceous, perennial, clump-forming grass without rhizomes or stolons; it produces unbranched culms up to 1 metre tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, mainly in times of need. It is considered to be an indicator of overgrazing or too much burning in pasture..

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa, Madagascar.

Habitat

Grassland on sandy soils and shallow laterite pans, in dry areas on wet soils around vleis and rivers, at elevations from 400 - 2,000 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



It has been introduced and has naturalized elsewhere, e.g. in India and Brazil[
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Edible Uses

Seed[
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]. Sometimes eaten as a cereal[
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]. Very small, generally less than 1mm long[
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Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Its common occurrence in pastures is considered an indicator of overgrazing or too much burning[
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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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