crowfootgrass

COMMON NAME: Crowfootgrass
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
FAMILY: Poaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Growth habit: Decumbent annual grass. Spreading by tillers and rooting at the nodes. Stem:
rounded, glabrous; Leaf: glabrous, except hairs along leaf edge; Collar: Ligule is short, membranous
with fringe of hairs. Inflorescence: 3 to 7 racemes at end of stem often curving to resemble a
“crow’s foot”.
DESCRIPTION: Common weed in disturbed areas of turfgrass and crop production. Germinates later than crabgrass
spp., typically in May or June. Develops a large tillered plant rapidly after germination.

Broad View Large developed plant

Broad View
Large developed plant

Broad View Nonflowering plant

Broad View
Nonflowering plant

Leaf Individual leaf

Leaf
Individual leaf

Flower / Seed Head Seedhead

Flower / Seed Head
Seedhead

Flower / Seed Head Individual spike

Flower / Seed Head
Individual spike