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Setaria sphacelata (Common bristle grass)

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

Setaria sphacelata (Common bristle grass)

Setaria sphacelata, Greystone Nature Reserve, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Setaria sphacelata (Common bristle grass)  

Setaria sphacelata, Greystone Nature Reserve, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

 

In KwaZulu-Natal, seeds from this wild grass are harvested in times of famine. They are boiled before grinding, evidently to eliminate toxic substances.

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Publications

  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.  

 

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