Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Setaria pumila (Poir.) Roemer & J.A. Schultes
Common name(s): yellow foxtail, yellow bristlegrass, pigeon grass
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-leaf blade 4–10 mm in width
-spikelet 3–3.5 mm in length
-native to Eurasia
-prehistorically cultivated in southern India for its starchy grains
- eaten cooked or ground into flour and baked into roti
-It was gathered from the wild for food across tropical Africa and Asia.
Go Botany. “Setaria Pumila (Poir.) Roemer & J.A. Schultes.” Setaria Pumila (Yellow Foxtail): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/setaria/pumila/.