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Useful Tropical Plants

Sporobolus fimbriatus

(Nees ex Trin.) Nees

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Sporobolus marlothii Hack.

Sporobolus rehmannii Hack.

Vilfa fimbriata Nees ex Trin.

Common Name: Perennial Dropseed

Sporobolus fimbriatus
Drawing of the flowering plant
Photograph by: Wood, J.M., Evans, M.S., Natal plants, vol. 5: t. 486 (1904-1908)
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General Information

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[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its seed. It is also sometimes planted in soil stabilization projects.

Known Hazards

The plant may contain hydrocyanic acid, but poisoning is seldom a problem[
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Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.

Habitat

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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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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[
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Edible Uses

Seed - eaten during times of food shortage; they may be ground to prepare a porridge[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

It has been planted for soil stabilization[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Year
0
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Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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