Eragrostis tremula is a loosely clump-forming, annual to perennial grass with erect, usually unbranched culms up to 100cm tall. These culms have attractive trembling panicles[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, south to Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique; Asia - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Laos, Vietn
Farmland, roadsides and waste places[
]. River banks, lake shores, pan margins and floodplains, usually in sandy soil; also in cultivated areas and disturbed ground at roadsides; at elevations from 50 - 1,600 metres[
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Usually found in sandy soils in the wild[
The grass is weed in the savannah zone of Africa and may at times be a little troublesome[
The root possesses a strong caramel-like smell[
Seed - eaten as a cereal[
]. The seed is small and fiddly to utilize - it is most commonly seen as a famine food, used when nothing better is available[
The culms, bundled together, are used as hand-brooms for indoor use[
The culms may also be used for thatching, and are woven together to make mats and cordage[
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination is usually very quick and free.
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