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Andropogon (Andropogon fastigiatus)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 

Yayalèn [Malinké], Fougoulou, Tièlbi [Poular], Yobanyi [Soussou] (Carrière, 2000)


Diectomis fastigiata (Sw.) P. Beauv.

Taxonomic information 

This plant was placed in Andropogon until it is treated as a distinct genus, Diectomis, in 2007. (Vorontsova, 2013)

Related feed(s) 

This loosely tufted annual is 30 – 200 cm high and turn orange-brown when dry. Most leaves are basal, the shoots are not compressed and the culms are branched in the upper part.

Leaf sheaths are glabrous. The leaf blades are linear, 5 – 30 cm long, 1 – 2 mm wide, glabrous, apically filiform, held erect or curved and not curling when dry. The margins are smooth and basal leaf sheaths are rounded.

Inflorescence of single racemes gathered into a leafy panicle. Racemes are 2–5 cm long. Internodes and pedicels are clavate, ciliate. Sessile spikelet is 4–5 mm long. (Vorontsova, 2013; Kew Science, 2021)


Pantropical, likely introduced in Madagascar.

Nutritional aspects

Cited as pasture in Brazil.

Well eaten by cattle at vegetative stage. (Carrière, 2000)

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Datasheet citation 

DATASHEET UNDER CONSTRUCTION. DO NOT QUOTE. https://www.feedipedia.org/node/605 Last updated on February 12, 2021, 16:58

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