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The mill perle (or pocea) is a perennial plant, with an ascending stem, very little branched (a branch at most) that can exceed the size of a homin. The leaves are alternating, short and pointed, parallel to the stem. In late fall, the stem – otherwise not very woody – has the particularity of wrapping itself in a bark that will protect it from the voracity of herbivores during the winter. From this very dark green-brown bark, which in spring cracks all the way up, a young, soft green shoot will emerge, very supple and elastic, undulating like a spring in the wind. At the top of the stems, small, light and fluffy white-yellow inflorescences gush out, connected together by a kind of fine and very resistant silk. Some of the silky flakes will gradually come off until summer, and in autumn there will only be a garland of seeds (seven to nine on average) left, which can be harvested to make bread and cakes.
Used in balms, seeds are a powerful relaxant. Fine, resistant and very slow burning, the bark that comes off it is sometimes used in calligraphy and can be used as a wick or filled with oils and fragrant resins to be consumed during Zoraï religious rites.
The mill perle grows naturally in temperate and humid forests, where it is widespread, even in cities. It bears many vernacular names, you find it under the name of pearl millet, pearl straws (or paya perl), straws of plenitude, rippling (or bouncing) of springtime, or else voluble of Folially.