Dactyloctenium aegyptium, or Egyptian crowfoot grass is a member of the family Poaceae native in Africa. The plant mostly grows in heavy soils at damp sites. It is known as "පුටු තණ - putu thana" by local Sri Lankaan people.
This grass creeps and has a straight shoot which are usually about 30 centimeters tall.
Dactyloctenium aegyptium is still a traditional food plant used as a famine food in Africa, this little-known grain has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
In other areas of the world, including parts of the United States, the grass is considered a weed and invasive species.
- Jepson Manual Treatment: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
- USDA Plants Profile - Dactyloctenium aegyptium
- Grass Manual Treatment
- Virginia Tech Weed Identification
- Dactyloctenium aegyptium - Photo gallery
- Dressler, S.; Schmidt, M. & Zizka, G. (2014). "Dactyloctenium aegyptium". African plants – a Photo Guide. Frankfurt/Main: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg.
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