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Crowfootgrass

Scientific Name: Dactyloctenium aegyptium
Also known as: Durban crowfootgrass, Egyptiangrass
Family: Poaceae

Description

Yellow-green tufted summer annual with upwardly bent stems rooting at the lower notes. Leaves with Row of hairs extending outward from the margin along the lower portion of blade. Rolled vernation. Ligule a narrow fringed membrane. Seedhead spikelets arranged on two to five "fingers" radiating from a central point at tip of the stem. Outer tips of fingers extended, resembling claws, giving seedhead a "crowfoot" appearance. Fruits midsummer until frost. Found in disturbed sites, especially sandy soils. Propagates from seed.

Cultural Practices

Improve turf growing conditions and follow recommended fertilizer, watering, and mowing practices.

Herbicide Use

Preemergence control includes preemergence products such as bensulide. Postemergence control for most grass weeds includes repeat applications of fluazifop or quinclorac. Check the herbicide label for specific application rates and turfgrass tolerance before use.

Distribution