Dactyloctenium aegyptium

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Name and publication()

Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd., Enum. Pl. 2: 1029 (180) (published as “aegyptiacum,” usually interpreted as a typographical error).

Description()

The inflorescences of crowfoot grass are sold in the potpourri industry as “maker grass” or “spider grass.” The digitately arranged spikes of 1-8 branches, 1.5-6 cm long, are very distinctive.

Nativity and distribution()

Dactyloctenium aegyptium is native to Africa and Asia but also naturalized in disturbed sites of the southern U.S.

Family()

Poaceae (alt. Gramineae)

Synonymy()

Cynosurus aegyptis L.