7 responses to “Guizotia abyssinica”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    I’ll add a few links:

    • Guizotia abyssinica via Wikipedia
    • Guizotia abyssinica via Purdue University’s Center for New Crops (James Duke’s Handbook of Energy Crops)
    • a monograph on Guizotia abyssinica (PDF) from Bioviersity International – it’s a very detailed treatment of the species, with a number of illustrations
  2. Sue in Bremerton WA

    Absolutely wonderful information. This sounds like a godsend to those people over there, even undeir their strange climte, it will thrive. Awesome. Thank you Daniel and CIDA!

  3. Kim

    Absoloutely love the photo great shot!!! Also thanx for the info it was educational. I had never heard of the ‘noug’ until now.

  4. bev

    Excellent writeup and I perused the pdf article, too; thanks Connor and Daniel.

  5. Equisetum

    This is the Niger seed (and by the way, was it a different genus name not long ago?) we buy for feeding finches — usually imported from Ethiopia and sterilized because for some reason it’s called ‘thistle.’ The few seeds that have sprouted have a very pretty yellow-orange flower on an attractive little plant. Not a sign of a spine, unless the seedhead gets spiny at some stage. I never get a seedling until very late in the summer and have never gotten one to mature seed.
    Our Ethiopian market sells pound bags of Niger seed — as soon as I got the seed I couldn’t find the recipe, but I think it was pounded and made into a sort of gruel or horchata-like beverage. Like the finch seed (and it wouldn’t surprise me if the store just repackaged a bag of finch Niger!) it was sterilized, or maybe just old. Didn’t get the hoped-for flower plants from it anyhow.
    There is, however, a very nasty plant with appressed spikes on the stems, which it mostly is, that has nearly identical seeds and which also appeared where the finches spill their seed. I wondered if there was a confusion of identity here with the nasty being the plant that put the “thistle” in the Niger name.
    There was an article somewhere — California Farmer I think– about efforts to develop a strain of Niger whose seedheads would ripen all at the same time and wouldn’t shatter, so it could be machine harvested and grown in the US(thus undermining the Ethiopian Niger agronomy in various ways, though that wasn’t mentioned). I’ve been watching for it in the catalogues. One article said it was grown as an ornamental at one time.

  6. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you to every one
    we have to work hard here in the florida
    to sustain our part of the world
    and to protect we had many volunteers
    out this weekend putting in plugs
    to try to save land and return the
    parcel one of the largest in tampa
    bay to its former self for the bird
    count is down so are the bees etc
    and for underwater life
    all we can learn from one another
    is a blessing to all of of us thank you

  7. Dianne Huling

    My father got a bag of Guizotia abyssinica from Ethiopia (well actually the local farm store) for his native outdoor birds in Rhode Island which love them. I did also try to grow the plant from seed as an oddity for the Rhode Island College Greenhouse Biology Department plant collection. I suspected that the seed was treated (steralized). I may try again but will my efforts be futile? I don’t suspect there is a way to un-sterilize them.
    Dianne Huling

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