Setaria megaphylla
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Genus: Setaria
S. megaphylla
Binomial name
Setaria megaphylla
(Steud.) T.Dur. & Schinz
  • Agrostis flabellata Salzm. ex Steud. nom. inval.
  • Panicum flabellatum Steud.
  • Panicum megaphyllum Steud.
  • Panicum oligochaete (K.Schum.) Kneuck.
  • Panicum phyllomacrum Steud.
  • Panicum plicatile Hochst.
  • Panicum prolisetum Steud.
  • Setaria acuta Stapf & C.E.Hubb.
  • Setaria chevalieri Stapf
  • Setaria insignis de Wit
  • Setaria macrophylla Andersson
  • Setaria natalensis de Wit
  • Setaria oligochaete K.Schum.
  • Setaria phyllomacra (Steud.) T.Durand & Schinz
  • Setaria plicatilis (Hochst.) Hack. ex Engl.
  • Setaria proliseta (Steud.) T.Durand & Schinz

Setaria megaphylla, the broad-leaved bristle grass, big-leaf bristle grass,[2]ribbon bristle grass,[2] or bigleaf bristlegrass,[3] is native to south-eastern Africa.[4] It is also cultivated, and it has naturalized outside its native range, for example, in Florida in the United States.[2]

It may be found in glades in forested areas and along rivers or streams. It can grow to more than 2 metres tall and has broad dark green leaves and hairy leaf sheaths. Many kinds of birds, such as finches and canaries, eat the seeds.[5]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Setaria megaphylla". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Setaria megaphylla". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ van Oudtshoorn, F. (1992). Guide to Grasses of South Africa. ISBN 0-620-16539-1.
  5. ^ Setaria megaphylla. South African National Biodiversity Institute.