Bromus burkartii MuÃ±oz
Ceratochloa mango (Ã‰.Desv.) Holub
Common Name: Mango
Bromus mango is an annual to short-lived perennial grass with short rhizomes; forming a small clump, the plant grows 40 - 60cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. This species was cultivated as a biennial cereal crop by the Araucana Indians of Chile until at least the middle of the 19th century[
S. America - central and southern Chile, southern Argentina.
Species in this genus generally succeed in most well-drained soils in a sunny position[
]. It succeeds on infertile acid soils[
Thought to have become extinct, the plant has recently (1990 article) been rediscovered[
]. It has been grown successfully outdoors at Kew Gardens in Londn[
Seed - cooked. It is toasted and ground into a flour, then used to make an unleavened bread called 'cougue'[
]. It is also used to make a drink called 'chicha'[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ and only just cover. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
If seed is in short supply it can be surface sown in a cold frame in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.