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Taxon: Cynodon aethiopicus Clayton & J. R. Harlan

Genus: Cynodon
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Chloridoideae tribe: Cynodonteae
Nomen number: 318662
Place of publication: Kew Bull. 24:187. 1970
Name verified on: 09-Sep-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 29-Aug-2000
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • African stargrass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • Ethiopian dogtooth grass   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • Nakuru grass   (Source: Kellerman et al.1988) – English
  • star grass   (Source: J. Veldkamp, p.c.) – English

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Sudan [s.e.]
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda; Zaire [e.]
    South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique [n.w.]; Zambia; Zimbabwe

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Australia: Australia - Queensland
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas



Check other web resources for Cynodon aethiopicus Clayton & J. R. Harlan:


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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (10 October 2015)

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