Eriochloa trichopus (Hochst.) Benth.
Helopus trichopus (Hochst.) Steud.
Panicum dorsisetum Hack. ex T.Durand & Schinz
Panicum papillosum Fenzl ex Steud.
Panicum trichopodon A.Rich.
Panicum trichopus Hochst.
Urochloa brachyphylla Gilli
Urochloa engleri Pilg.
Urochloa trichopus is an annual, clump-forming grass that can grow up to 1.7 metres tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a food. Considered a famine food in most areas, though it has been considered as a possible plant for cultivation[
Africa - drier areas from Mauritania and Senegal to Somalia, south to S. Africa; Arabia - Yemen, Saudi Arabia.
Semi-arid climates, in grassland and savannah woodland; also in disturbed locations and as an arable weed; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
Urochloa trichopus is a plant of semi-arid tropical and subtropical climates, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,600 metres.
Usually found in the wild in sandy soils[
The plant is considered to be a weed in some areas within its native range[
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be used as a cereal, ground into a flour, which may be cooked with water, milk or melon juice or made into cake[
]. The seed is also used for making beer[
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