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Family Poaceae
Setaria palmifolia (J. Koenig) Stapf.

Chu mao

Scientific names  Common names
Agrostis plicata Lour. Agusais (Bik.)
Chaetochloa effusa (E.Fourn.) Hitchc. Asahas (C. Bis.)
Chaetochloa palmmifolia (J.Koenig) Hitchc. & Chase Bañgas (Ig.)
Chaetochloa sulcata (Aubl. .) Hitchc. Dumbug (Sul.)
Chamaeraphis effusa (E.Fourn.) Hitchc. Hagusahis (Bik.)
Chamaeraphis nepalensis (Spreng.) Kuntze Lalasa (Ig.)
Chamaeraphis neurodes (F.W.Schultz) Kuntze Liahon (If.)
Chamaeraphis palmifolia (K.D.Koenig) Kuntze Lias (Bon.)
Chamaeraphis paniculifera (Steud.) Kuntze Yas (Ig.) 
Chamaeraphis sulcata (Aubl.) Kuntze Broadleaved bristlegrass (Engl.)
Panicum amplissimum Steud. Highland pitpit (Engl.)
Panicum lene Steud. Palm grass (Engl.)
Panicum nepalensis Spreng.  
Panicum neurodes Schult.  
Panicum palmifolium J.Koenig  
Panicum palmifolium Willd. ex Poir.  
Panicum paniculiferum Steud.  
Panicum plicatum Roxb.  
Panicum speciosum A.Braun   
Panicum sulcatum Raddi   
Setaria effusa E.Fourn.  
Setaria lenis (Steud.) Miq.  
Setaria paniculifera (Steud.) E.Fourn.  
Setaria paniculifera (Steud.) E.Fourn. ex Hemsl.  
Setaria sulcata (Aubl.) A.Camus  
Setaria sulcata Chev.  
Setaria palmifolia (J.Koenig) Stapf is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Zeng ye cao, Ruo ye fu, Ji mao, Ji ye cao, Chu mao.
JAPANESE: Sasa kibi.
MALAY: Rumput daun pisang, Lintabung (Indonesia).
THAI: Ya kap phai.

Agusais is a perennial grass that grows to a height of 1 to 3 meters. Leaf blades are broad-lanceolate and longitudinally corrugated. Seeds are about 3 millimeters long and borne in large numbers in terminal shoots. Inflorescence is a loose panicle with minute spikelets.

- Common in thickets, old clearings and waste places.
- Also found in China, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indo-China.

Parts used and preparation
Leaves, seeds.

- Grain of the grass sometimes used as rice substitute.
- In Malaya, tender shoots are eaten as vegetable, raw, steamed, or cooked with rice.
- A compound decoction taken for irregular menses.
- In New Guinea, leaves used to counter magic spells. Used by ritual specialists one people possessed by bush demon spirits: leaves of kura (Setaria palmifolia), qui (Syzigium pteropodum), bandjii (Ficus adenosperma), and koke (Piper wichmannii) are bound together at the stems by vine or rope, and cooked over glowing embers, and rubbed on the skin of sick patients while incantations are recited.
- Fodder: Feed for cattle.
- In Papua, New Guinea, the species is used for good fortune when playing cards and for hunting birds.
According to the Maibang people, a myth from Tut.

Antioxidant / DPPH Radical Scavenging Activity: 23 Taiwan forest plants were studies for polyphenol content and antioxidant activity by DPPH assay. Setaria palmifolia was 10th in polyphenol content. (1)
Study on Nutritive Value: Study evaluated the nutritive value of Dhutesaro grass in a metabolism trial in goats.
The grass yielded 47.63% TDN, 8.16% DCP and 28.05% SE, with a nutritive ratio of 1:4.84. Intakes of the grass in terms of DM, TDN and minerals were inadequate to meet the maintenance requirements of goats. (7)


Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update May 2016

Photos © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Evaluation of antioxidant polyphenols in Taiwan's medicinal plants / Shieh PoChuen et al / Asian Journal of Chemistry 2009 Vol. 21 No. 7 pp. 5556-5562
Setaria palmifolia (J. Konig) Stapf / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Sorting Setaria names
/ Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne
Chemical composition and nutritive value of Aruna (Setaria palmifolia) grass for cattle / Bora, J.; Saikia, A.; Baruah, K. K., 1986: / Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition 3(4): 282-284
Reite Plants: An Ethnobotanical Study in Tok Pisin and English / Porer Nombo and James Leach / Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph 4 / Australian National University E Press
Nutritive value of dhutesaro setaria palmifolia koenig stapf. for goats. / Gupta, H. K.; Balaraman, N. / Indian Journal of Animal Research 22(1): 47-48, 1988
Setaria palmifolia / Synonyms / The Plant List
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