Diplachne hackeliana Thell.
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..
Africa - Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa, Madagascar.
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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It has been introduced and has naturalized elsewhere, e.g. in India and Brazil[
]. Sometimes eaten as a cereal[
]. Very small, generally less than 1mm long[
Its common occurrence in pastures is considered an indicator of overgrazing or too much burning[
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination is usually very quick and free.
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