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Product: Millets

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   Millets belong to these categories: Animal fodder, Food crops
   and originated in Africa

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MILLET

Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br. (Poaceae).

First described in 1753 by Carolus Linnaeus, as a member of the genus Panicum, from plants cultivated in European gardens thought to be of Indian origin.

Native to Africa, probably in the western part of the continent; but pearl millet is a complex hybrid of cultigen origin.

Life form: perennial grass.

Parts used: seeds used as an edible grain; the stems of some species used as animal fodder.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Panicum miliaceum L. - Proso Millet)