Sporobolus marlothii Hack.
Sporobolus rehmannii Hack.
Vilfa fimbriata Nees ex Trin.
Common Name: Perennial Dropseed
Perennial dropseed is a clump-forming, perennial grass with a short rhizome; it can grow up to 1.7 metres tall. The usually unbranched culms are 2 - 3mm in diameter at the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its seed. It is also sometimes planted in soil stabilization projects.
The plant may contain hydrocyanic acid, but poisoning is seldom a problem[
Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Open woodland and grassland, often in shallow rainwater pans, sometimes on rocky hillsides, also in disturbed or shady locations; at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
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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 during times of food shortage; they may be ground to prepare a porridge[
It has been planted for soil stabilization[
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