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045  Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd.

Graminaceae

Nome comune: Gramigna egiziana

Dactyloctenium aegyptium Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Monocots (unranked): Commelinids 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. 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] In other areas of the world, including parts of the United States, the grass is considered a weed and invasive species.