Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Crowfoot Grass - Dactyloctenium aegyptium   (L.) Willdenow
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Dactyloctenium in NC.
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Author(L.) Willdenow
DistributionFrom the lower Coastal Plain to the middle Piedmont.

Native to the Old World tropics. In N.A. in the southern U.S. from VA to FL and CA; several records northward.
AbundanceFrequent to locally common throughout.
HabitatDry sandy soil of roadsides, fields, fallow fields, lawns, disturbed areas, waste lots, etc.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationCrowfoot Grass grows as a tuft of stems to a foot (or more) tall. The inflorescence is terminal and like a windmill, with generally erect to often horizontal, radiating "fingers". Each "finger" is rather thick (wider than in many similar grasses) and ends in a tapered tip, unlike members of Chloris and Eustachys.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieMargin of fallow cropfield, Whispering Pines, July 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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