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Sporobolus fimbriatus - (Nees ex Trin.) Nees

Common Name Perennial Dropseed. Dropseed grass
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards The plant may contain hydrocyanic acid, but poisoning is seldom a problem[299 ].
Habitats Open woodland and grassland, often in shallow rainwater pans, sometimes on rocky hillsides, also in disturbed or shady locations; at elevations up to 2,000 metres[299 ]. Occurs in the tropics and subtropics, extending into warm temperate regions.
Range Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sporobolus fimbriatus Perennial Dropseed. Dropseed grass


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Sporobolus fimbriatus Perennial Dropseed. Dropseed grass
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sporobolus fimbriatus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry moist or wet soil.

UK Hardiness Map US Hardiness Map

Synonyms

Sporobolus marlothii Hack. Sporobolus rehmannii Hack. Vilfa fimbriata Nees ex Trin.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - eaten during times of food shortage; they may be ground to prepare a porridge[299 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: It has been planted for soil stabilization[299 ]. Other Uses None known

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Management: Standard  Regional Crop  Staple Crop: Balanced carb

Climate: Subtropical semi-arid to humid. This species photosynthesizes by a more efficient method than most plants. Called the 'C4 carbon-fixation pathway', this process is particularly efficient at high temperatures, in bright sunlight and under dry conditions[299 ].

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.
  • 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.

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Sand Dropseed, Fringed dropseed, Matolo-a-maholo, Mussinguizuana, Tedze, Blousaadgras, Blousygras, Blousysaadgras , Common Dropseed, Fyngras, Gewone Fynsaadgras, Grootsoetgras, Grootsoetvleigras, Grootvleigras, Soetvleigras, Vleigras

Found In

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

Africa, Angola, Asia, Botswana, Central Africa, East Africa, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

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

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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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