Panicum psilopodium afrum A.Chev.
Panicum sociale Stapf
Panicum laetum is an annual, clump-forming grass with slender culms up to 75cm tall[
The seed is regarded as a delicacy and is often collected from the wild for local use, sometimes in large enough quantities to sell in local markets[
]. It is considered to have potential for the restoration of degraded pastures[
]. The plant has been recommended for improvement as a grain crop[
Tropical Africa - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Senegal to Sudan and Eritrea; Tanzania, Angola and Madagascar.
Seasonally moist locations in grassland, ditches, and pond and river margins, often on black clay soils, sometimes occurring in very large, nearly pure stands. In Tanzania it is found at elevations from 1,000 - 1,300 metres[
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This species is not particularly drought tolerant[
Seed - cooked and eaten as a cereal[
]. Regarded as a delicacy, it is crushed and made into porridges and cakes[
Traditionally, the seed is collected from the wild by sweeping through the crop with a calabash, bowl or tray when the ears are ready to shatter[
The plant is considered to have potential for the restoration of degraded pastures[
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. The optimum temperature for seed germination is 35°c. Scarification or removal of the lemma and palea from the grain greatly improves germination rates[
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