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Stipagrostis pungens - (Desf.) De Winter

Common Name Drinn
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Common throughout the Sahara. Adapted to sandy habitats, represented by deep sandy clusters (dunes, ergs).
Range Africa Europe, Asia
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Stipagrostis pungens Drinn


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Stipagrostis pungens Drinn
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Summary

Also known by the scientific name Aristida pungens. Stipagrostis pungens is a robust perennial 50 cm to 1 m). It is a long rhizomatous plant, recognizable by inflorescences composed of spikelets, in loose and ventilated panicles. Common throughout the Sahara, the drinn is perfectly adapted to sandy habitats. A traditional food plant in Africa, this grain has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development.


Physical Characteristics

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Stipagrostis pungens is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Aristida pungens Desf. Arthratherum pungens (Desf.) P.Beauv.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Edible Portion: Seeds, Cereal. A traditional food plant in Africa, this grain has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable landcare. It is used in kreb a grain mixture eaten in Chad. Carbon Farming Solutions - Staple Crop: balanced carb (The term staple crop typically refers to a food that is eaten routinely and accounts for a dominant part of people's diets in a particular region of the world) [1-1].

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Medicinal Uses

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A traditional medicinal annual plant growing in Tunisia.

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Other Uses

Paper and Fibre mats: The chemical composition of S. pungens has showed that it contains quite high amount of extractives, lignin (around 12%) and polysaccharides (71%). The a-cellulose amounts are acceptable (44%).

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Management: Coppice  Management: Standard  Staple Crop: Balanced carb  Wild Staple Crop

Climate: tropical. Humidity: arid to semi-arid. Extremely drought-resistant, drinn grows in areas with as little as 70 mm of rainfall per year. Perennial, robust (50 cm to 1 m), long rhizomatous plant, recognizable by inflorescences composed of spikelets, in loose and ventilated panicles. Common throughout the Sahara, the drinn is perfectly adapted to sandy habitats, represented by deep sandy clusters (dunes, ergs). The steppe in drinn is an essential pasture for camels. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: wild staple. Management: standard, coppice (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1]. .

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Staple Crop: Balanced carb  (0-15 percent protein, 0-15 percent oil, with at least one over 5 percent). The carbohydrates are from either starch or sugar. Annuals include maize, wheat, rice, and potato. Perennials include chestnuts, carob, perennial fruits, nuts, cereals, pseudocereals, woody pods, and acorns.
  • Wild Staple Crop  Some wild plants have strong historical or contemporary use. Although they are not cultivated crops, they may be wild-managed.

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Propagation

Seed. rhizomes.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Drinn, Eilig

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa. North Africa, Sahara, West Africa. Central Africa. Algeria, Egypt, Chad, Libya, Mauritania, Morrocco, Mediterranean, Sudan. Asia: Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia. Europe: Belgium

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Can be invasive in all it's growing areas.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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