Notice: Atrium is currently undergoing maintenance. During this time, some or all images may not be displayed.


Eleusine Gaertn.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Poaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • GOOSE GRASS - English, United States of America


Notes: A C₄ genus of 9 species, all of which are African except for one species (E. tristachya (Lam.) Lam.), which is native to South America (Hilu 2003). The genus includes the tetraploid E. coracana (L.) Gaertn. subsp. coracana (FINGER-MILLET), an important grain crop cultivated in Africa for ca. 5,000 years and in India for ca. 3,000 years. It is considered to be one of the most ancient domesticated plants in Africa and is thought to have been domesticated in the highlands of East Africa (Hilu & de Wet 1976; Hilu et al. 1979; de Wet et al. 1984; Werth et al. 1994; Hilu & Johnson 1997; Hilu 2003). Other species are significant weeds (Watson & Dallwitz 1992). (Named from Eleusis, Greek town where Ceres or Demeter, the goddess of harvests, was worshiped) (subfamily Chloridoideae, tribe Cynodonteae)