Panicum decompositum

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Panicum decompositum
Panicum decompositum habit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Panicum
Species: P. decompositum
Binomial name
Panicum decompositum

Panicum decompositum, known by the common names native millet, Australian millet, papa grass, and umbrella grass, is a species of grass native to the inland of Australia. It occurs in every mainland state.

The leaves are hairless, up to 50 cm long. The seed spikes are typically 30–80 cm long, but sometimes up to 145 cm high. The seeds are 1.5 mm long.[1]


Native millet is a staple food of outback Aborigines, who hand-harvest the seed to make damper, a traditional soda bread.

Farmers also highly prize the grass as pasture for stock.


  1. ^ Low, T., Wild Food Plants of Australia, 1991. ISBN 0-207-16930-6

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