Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd.

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Dactyloctenium aegyptium

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Common names: Common crowfoot (English) Helicopter grass (English)
Status: Native
Spreading annual grass, rooting from the knee-bent lower nodes. Inflorescences digitate, often in thick radiating racemes with bristly spikelets.
Derivation of specific name: aegyptium: of Egypt
Habitat: A species of wooded grassland and riverine thickets, often along roadsides and sandy soils. Also found as a weed of cultivation and fallow lands.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and warm-temperate regions of the Old World; introduced weed in America and Europe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 March 2007

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 163 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 449. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 134.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 188.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dactyloctenium aegyptium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105360, retrieved 26 October 2016

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