Eleusine coracana

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn
  • Synonyms : Cynosurus coracanus L., Eleusine stricta Roxb.
  • Common Name : Nagli, Bavto, Finger Millet, African Millet, Raagi
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Gramineae became Poaceae. However, the name Gramineae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Eleusine coracana Plant :

  • Habit : A small annual, erect grass.
  • Leaves : Linear, glabrous, distichous, broad.
  • Inflorescence : Triangular spikes.
  • Flowers : Erect, spikelets 2-ranked, glabrous, ovoid, apiculate, glumes 4, stamens 3, styles free.
  • Fruit : Grain small, red or brown.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-November
  • Significance :
    • Culivated as a kharif crop.
    • Generally consumed by poorer classes.