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Genus: Eleusine (Finger millet genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are nine species worldwide (Africa) of which two are native to southern Africa and two are naturalised. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Eleusine coracana (Finger millet)

[= Eleusine africana]

This species was domesticated in Africa from the wild form Eleusine africana more that 5000 years ago (this dating is based on the seeds found in a 5000 year old archaeological site in Ethiopia). In southern Africa it has been cultivated since the Iron Age. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Eleusine indica

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Eleusine multiflora

 

Eleusine tristachya

 
 

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