Andropogon pappii Gand.
Andropogon purpureosericeus Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Sarga purpureosericea (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Spangler
Sorghum dimidiatum Stapf
Sorghum purpureosericeum is a robust annual grass with erect culms 30 - 150cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of food and materials.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania; E. Asia - India.
Riverine or in lakeside sedimentary soils or black-cotton soil. Does well in lowland and medium elevation areas, from 500 - 1,500 metres[
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The plant can grow well on poor soils[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
The plant is regarded as a serious weed in farms within its native range[
The seed is eaten as a staple and tastes like rice[
]. The seed is boiled like rice or can be ground to flour which is used to make ugali. This is then served with a sauce, beans, peas or beef. It is mainly eaten during periods of food shortage[
Brooms are made from the heads[
]. The culms are bundled to make brooms[
The stalks can be used for building simple shelters[
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