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).


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.


Poaceae (alt. Gramineae)


Cynosurus aegyptis L.