Wikipedia Article About Millet on Wikipedia
The millets are a group of small-seeded species of cereal crops, widely grown around the world for food and fodder. They do not form a taxonomic group, but rather a functional or agronomic one, based on similar characteristics and uses.
Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) belongs to the family Poaceae. It is call Omahangu locally in Namibia. Pearl millet is an erect annual crop, usually between 50 cm to 4 m tall. Tillering and branches are common and are sometime profuse. The numerous flowers are tucked tightly around a cylindrical spike that can range in length from 15 to 140 cm. The inflorescence is usually greenish-yellow and it may be cylindrical through out its length or my taper at one or both ends.