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Urochloa mosambicensis (Bushveld signal grass)

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Urochloa mosambicensis (Bushveld signal grass) Urochloa mosambicensis (Bushveld signal grass)
Urochloa mosambicensis (Bushveld signal grass)

Urochloa mosambicensis, Mukuvisi Woodland, office area, Zimbabwe. [photos Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Often used as a cereal in rural areas in southern Africa. Seed heads of wild plants are picked when slightly green (hence avoiding the problem of seeds being shed before harvesting). When the heads have dried, the spikelets are rubbed from the stalks and ground into a meal that is used in making porridge.

Publications

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