Latipes inermis Chiov.
Latipes senegalensis Kunth
Leptothrium senegalense is a short-lived, perennial, clump-forming grass, with culms up to 60 cm long[
The edible seed is sometimes gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant has also been used in soil conservation projects[
Tropical Africa - Mauritania to Egypt and E Africa and into Asia to India.
]. Usually found on sandy desert soils[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Grows in semi-arid regions of the tropics and subtropics at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
]. Plants are not frost-tolerant[
Requires a well-drained soil and a position in full sun[
]. Plants can be established on bare, sandy soils[
Plants self-sow prolifically, thereby maintaining pasture land in arid areas[
]. Ground into a flour and used as a cereal.
The plant is an efficient colonizer of bare ground and has been used in reseeding projects to protect the soil from erosion[
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