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Eleusine indica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
Tribe: Cynodonteae
Subtribe: Eleusininae
Genus: Eleusine
Type species
Eleusine coracana
  • Elevsine Gaertn., alternate spelling

Eleusine is a genus of Asian, African, and South American plants in the grass family,[3][4] sometimes called by the common name goosegrass.[5][6] One species (Eleusine indica), is a widespread weed in many places. Another species Eleusine coracana, is finger millet, cultivated as a cereal grain in India and parts of Africa.[7]

formerly included[8]

numerous species once included in Eleusine but now considered better suited to other genera: Acrachne Aeluropus Chloris Coelachyrum Dactyloctenium Dinebra Disakisperma Eragrostis Harpochloa Leptochloa Ochthochloa Sclerodactylon Uniola Wangenheimia


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Nash in Britton & Brown, Ill. Fl. N. U.S. (ed. 2) 1: 228 (1913)
  2. ^ Tropicos, Eleusine Gaertn.
  3. ^ a b Gaertner, Joseph. 1788. De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum 1: pages 7–8 descriptions and figure captions in Latin
  4. ^ Gaertner, Joseph. 1788. De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum 1: Plate I (1), figure XI (11 a-i) line drawings of Eleusine coracana
  5. ^ Multilingual Eleusine common names
  6. ^ US Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
  7. ^ "USDA Genetic Resources Information Network". Archived from the original on 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  9. ^ The Plant List search for Eleusine

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