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

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

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).

Isaiah, A.M. & Komi, T. (2015). Grasses in the Botswana National Botanic Garden South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 11. (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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dactyloctenium aegyptium
Tropicos: Dactyloctenium aegyptium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dactyloctenium aegyptium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105360, retrieved 17 March 2018

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