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Native millet

Native millet

Panicum decompositum

Family: Poaceae

Short lived perennial grass growing to 70cm in height with bluish-green leaves.

The large, open seed heads detach from the plant when mature and get blown around in the wind, effectively spreading the seed.

A very common grass, it is usually found where there is a higher water availability in the soil. It looks best after summer rains and grows prolifically after fire.

The seed produced by this plant was an important food source for local Aboriginal people. It was winnowed, ground, mixed with water and cooked to make an unleavened bread.

Where to find this plant at Alice Springs Desert Park

Found in the Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland habitats.

Latz, P., 1996. Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs

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