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Nutritional and Biological Importance of the Weed Echinochloacolona: A Review


Echinochloacolona : is a cosmopolitan weed common in gardens, roadsides, disturbed sites, waste areas, wetlands, and pastures. It is capable of invading natural areas, where it is being classified as the prime environmental weeds. It has high fibre contain which is essential for diabetes, cardio vascular-related disorders and for the patient who are suffering from constipation. E. colona also can be given to the celiac disease patient as an alternative gluten free diet. It has a low glycemic index and phyto-toxic effects. It shows high antimicrobial, antioxidant and plays a significant role in phyto-remediation. This minor millet which is famous as a predominant weed might act a long with a combination of the preventive medicines for an effective therapeutic strategy against the most common disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular complications. It can also be used for prevention of starvation in under-developed and developing country.

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Any common or local names for this plant?Kindly share.


You must be referring to SAMALU in telugu,a cultivated crop.There is an youtube on this plant but it is called Panicum miliare,botanically.We should be doing some more searching on this.


here is some more info about Panicum milare



both are minor millet


The minor millets comprise of proso millet or panivaragu (Panicum miliaceum), foxtail millet or thenai (Setariaitalica), little millet or samai (Panicum sumatrense), barnyard millet or sanwa millet (Echinochloa colona) and kodo millet or varagu (Paspalum scrobiculatum).


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