Aristida pungens

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Aristida pungens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Arundinoideae
Tribe: Aristideae
Genus: Aristida
Species: A. pungens
Binomial name
Aristida pungens

Aristida pungens is a member of the family Poaceae.


The grass is known in Arabic as Drinn. It is a tall perennial plant with deep roots and long leaves. Extremely drought resistant, drinn grows in areas with as little as 70 mm of rainfall per year. A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known grain has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.[1]


  1. ^ National Research Council (1996-02-14). "Wild Grains". Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains. Lost Crops of Africa. 1. National Academies Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-309-04990-0. Retrieved 2008-08-01.