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Useful Tropical Plants

Setaria palmifolia

(J.König) Stapf

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Agrostis plicata Lour.

Chaetochloa effusa (E.Fourn.) Hitchc.

Chaetochloa palmifolia (J.König) Hitchc. & Chase

Chaetochloa sulcata (Aubl.) Hitchc.

Chamaeraphis effusa (E.Fourn.) Kuntze

Chamaeraphis nepalensis (Spreng.) Kuntze

Chamaeraphis neurodes (F.W.Schultz) Kuntze

Chamaeraphis palmifolia (K.D.Koenig) Kuntze

Chamaeraphis paniculifera (Steud.) Kuntze

Chamaeraphis sulcata (Aubl.) Kuntze

Panicum amplissimum Steud.

Panicum kleinianum Nees ex Andersson

Panicum lene Steud.

Panicum mexicanum Scribn. & Merr.

Panicum nepalense Spreng.

Panicum nervosum Roxb.

Panicum neurodes Schult.

Panicum palmatum R.Schleich.

Panicum palmifolia J.König

Panicum palmifolium J. König

Panicum paniculiferum Steud.

Panicum plicatum Roxb.

Panicum plicatum Willd.

Panicum sulcatum Aubl.

Setaria effusa E.Fourn.

Setaria lenis (Steud.) Miq.

Setaria paniculifera (Steud.) E.Fourn.

Setaria sulcata (Aubl.) Desv.

Common Name: Highland Pitpit

Setaria palmifolia
The plant has escaped from cultivation and become a weed in some areas - as here in Hawaii
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Highland pitpit is a large, clump-forming, evergreen, perennial grass with robust, erect culms 75 - 300cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is occasionally cultivated for its edible seeds - some improved forms have been developed in New Guinea[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indo-China.

Habitat

Open forests, thicket margins, shady path sides[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
The plant has become a weed in many tropical areas[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].

Edible Uses

Seeds - boiled or roasted and used as a substitute for rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

The hearts of young shoots can be eaten raw, steamed or cooked with rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Very young plants are eaten raw as a side dish with rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division.

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