Panicum kalaharense is a robust, clump-forming perennial grass with short rhizomes; the culms can be 100 - 200cm tall[
The seed is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Africa - Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, S. Africa.
Locally common in grassland and savannah habitats on sandy soils; also found in disturbed locations such as roadsides; at elevations from 500 - 1,200 metres[
A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations of 500 - 1,200 metres. It grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is within the range 300 - 600mm[
Established plants are drought resistant[
]. Found in the wild on sandy soils[
This species photosynthesizes by a more efficient method than most plants. Called the 'C4 carbon-fixation pathway', this process is particularly efficient at high temperatures, in bright sunlight and under dry conditions[
Seed - eaten as a cereal[
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