Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.

 
  • Family : POACEAE
    (GRASS FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Poaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.
  • Common name : Ragi, Finger millet, African millet, Ragi Cereal
  • Vernacular name : Nrtyakundalah, Madhulika (Sanskrit); Mandva, Maruva (Hindi); Ragi (Kannada) ; Raagi Hullu (Kannada); Raahi, Kaezh Varagu (Tamil); Nachni, Nagi, Nagli (Marathi); Keppa, Kora, Koovaragu, Kuravu, Mutthari, Panjapullu, Ragipullu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Widely cultivated in Paleotropics
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated throughout. The millet is rich in protein and is used in local cuisines.
  • Flower, Fruit : March-November
  • Collection Nos : CJS 14666
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Cultivated
    • Kerala : Kozhikode district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Alappuzha district, Kollam district
    • Maharashtra : Amravati district, Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Kolhapur district, Pune district, Raigad district, Ratnagiri district, Satara district, Sindhudurg district, Thane district
    • Tamil Nadu : Cultivated
  • Native : Old World tropics
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in Old World Tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Flora of Hassan district, Karnataka; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 – Flora of Bangalore district; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 – Flora of Coorg district; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 – Flora of Udupi district; Manjunath et al., 2003 –Flora of Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.; B. D. Sharma, S. Karthikeyan & N. P. Singh 1996 - Flora of Maharashtra state - Monocotyledons; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Eleusine coracana. Downloaded on 22 November 2019.

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