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Taxon: Echinochloa frumentacea Link

Genus: Echinochloa
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Paniceae
Subtribe: Boivinellinae
Nomen number: 14828
Place of publication: Hort. berol. 1:204. 1827
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46937375
Comment: [or E. colona Frumentacea Group]
Name Verified on: 07-May-1991 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 12-May-2018
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 168 (159 active, 158 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • billion-dollar grass  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Indian barnyard millet  (Source: Taxon) - English
  • Siberian millet  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • white millet  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • white panicum  (Source: Aust Pl Common Names) - English
  • white-panic  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • Sawahirse  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • sama  (Source: Names Watson) - India

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: fodder; forage
  • Human food: cereal

Distributional Range:



    • CHINA: China [Anhui Sheng, Guizhou Sheng, Heilongjiang Sheng, Nei Mongol Zizhiqu, Ningxia Huizi Zizhiqu, Yunnan Sheng, Henan Sheng]
    • EASTERN ASIA: Taiwan


    • AUSTRALIA: Australia


    Northern America
    • United States

    Other (probable origin from cult. in India and Africa)


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  4. Englert, J. M. et al. 1999. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  5. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  6. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  7. Hitchcock, A. S. Manual of the grasses of the United States, ed. 2. (Grass US)
  8. Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
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  14. Scholz, H. 1992. Echinochloa esculenta, comb. nov. - the correct name of the Japanese barnyard millet (Gramineae) (Taxon) 41:522-523.
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  16. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
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Check other web resources for Echinochloa frumentacea Link :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?14828. Accessed 27 June 2019.