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Dactyloctenium aegyptium  (L.) Willd.


Botanical Name


Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd.

English Name


Beach wiregrass, Coast button grass, Comb fringe grass, Crowfoot grass



Eleusine aegyptiaca (L.) Desf., Chloris mucronata Michaux, Cynosurus aegypticus L., Dactyloctenium aegyptiacum Willd., Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) P.Beauv., Dactyloctenium mucronatum (Michaux) Willd.





General Info


Slender to moderately robust, spreading annuals; culms 70-100 cm tall, usually geniculately ascending and rooting at lower nodes, usually stoloniferous and mat-forming. Sheaths 2.5-4 cm long, compressed, glabrous or with a few bulbous-based hairs on the keel; ligule a narrow fimbriate membrane; blades flat, 3-25 cm long, 2.5-7.5 (-12) mm wide, papillose-hispid, especially along margins. Inflorescences composed of (1-) 3-9 linear to narrowly oblong spikes 1.2-6.5 cm long, ascending to radiating horizontally from top of culm; spikelets 3-4-flowered, broadly ovate, 3.5-4.5 mm long; glumes subequal, 1.5-2.2 mm long, first glume lanceolate in profile, keel thick, scabrid, second glume elliptic to narrowly obovate in profile, keel smooth, prolonged into a stout, divergent, scabrid awn 0.5-2 times as long as the glume; lemmas narrowly ovate to ovate in profile, 2.6-4 mm long, keel gibbous, concave and scabrid above the middle and usually prolonged into a stout cusp or mucro up to 1 mm long; palea keels more or less winged. Caryopsis broadly obovate to triangular, ca. 1 mm long, transversely rugose

Herb Effects






Medicinal Use

For dysentery, lumbago and acute haemoptysis (fresh or dried plant); to relieve pains in the kidney region (seeds); ulcers (leaves and stems)



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