In addition, users can learn about the location of vouchered specimens and see images to get a better visual for each plant. Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd. aegyptium: of Egypt: Habitat: A species of wooded grassland and riverine thickets, often along roadsides and sandy soils. Spikelets 2-ranked, short-awned or bristled. Dactyloctenium aegyptium grass is a useful fodder for ruminants in dry areas or on sandy coasts and it can make good quality hay (Manidool, 1992).It is grazed by all ruminants, generally in association with other desert grasses which occupy the same agro-ecological niche, for example in Rajasthan and other dry areas of India. In areas of cattle grazing or lawn mowing by machines, many grasses appear in dwarf forms with abnormal inflorescences rather than their full form. Natural range: Africa, a widespread weed in warm climates. Also found as a weed of cultivation and fallow lands. Please scroll to the bottom for more images. However, D. aegyptium is distinguished by the much shorter anthers and shorter rachis prolongation, with usually a greater number of spikes and abaxial side of leaf blades usually hairy from the base. Scientific name: Dactyloctenium aegyptium Synonyms: Beach wiregrass, Button grass, Duck grass, Giant button grass, Finger comb grass Photo by Jewel Kinilitan-Bissdorf Habitat Cultivated and uncultivated areas, especially sandy soils Affected crops Most agricultural crops Distribution Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, USA Description Habit: grass Description: "Culms compressed and spreading, rooting at the nodes, up to 60 cm tall; blades flat, the edges lined with hairs, rather narrow, as much as a foot long, generally shorter, up to 6.2 mm wide.Inflorescence of 2-6 broad spikes, up to nearly 6 cm long. Advanced Search. Recognition: Thick spikes radiating from a single point. Scientific Name: Dactyloctenium aegyptium Root Word: dactylos = finger, ktenion = little comb in reference to comb like, appearance to spikelets on inflorescence Common Name: Beach Wire Grass, Crowfoot Grass, Buttongrass Synonym: Cynosurus aegyptius L., Eleusine aegyptia (L.) Deaf. Dactyloctenium Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd. Synonyms: Cynosurus aegyptius L. Dactyloctenium mpuetensis De Wild. Habitat: Weed of … aegyptium frequently assumes a perennial, stoloniferous habit in Australia, and has been confused with the perennial D. australe. This grass is native to Africa, Asia, Australia and South America but has naturalized in the East Coast and several southwestern states. Dactyloctenium aegyptium. Crowsfoot grass (Dactyloctenium aegyptium) is helpful in holding sand and light soils where wind, rain and exposure cause depletion and topographical damage.What is crowsfoot grass? The racemes are fewer in number and plants shorter in stature probably due to grazing by cattle. 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