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Useful Tropical Plants

Sporobolus panicoides

A.Rich.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Sporobolus polycladus Hack.

Triachyrum longifolium Hochst. ex Steud.

Common Name:

Sporobolus panicoides

General Information

Sporobolus panicoides is a slender, annual grass, sometimes clump-forming, with erect culms up to 1 metre tall[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
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

Tropical Africa - Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe; Yemen.

Habitat

Locally common in sunny or lightly shaded locations, in woodland on sandy soils, in granite sandveld and on rocky hillsides, often at roadsides or in other disturbed localities; at elevations up to 2,100 metres[
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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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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.80 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
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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
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
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