Dactyloctenium aegyptium

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Dactyloctenium aegyptium
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
Genus: Dactyloctenium
Species: D. aegyptium
Binomial name
Dactyloctenium aegyptium
(L.) Willd.

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.


at Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden

This grass creeps and has a straight shoot which are usually about 30 centimeters tall.[1]


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.[citation needed]

Invasive species[edit]

In other areas of the world, including parts of the United States, the grass is considered a weed and invasive species.


  1. ^ National Research Council (1996-02-14). "Wild Grains". Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains. Lost Crops of Africa. 1. National Academies Press. p. 267. ISBN 978-0-309-04990-0. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 

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