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 Changed: 29-Aug-2000
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: potential for erosion control (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Animal food: forage (fide F TE Afr; F WT Afr)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kellerman et al.)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda; Zaire

  • Naturalized:

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Queensland
  • Northern America

    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas


  • de Wet, J. M. J. & J. R. Harlan 1970. Biosystematics of Cynodon L. C. Rich. (Gramineae) (Taxon) 19:568.
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Gibbs-Russell, G. E. et al. Grasses of southern Africa. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa vol. 58. 1990 (Grass SAfr)
  • Harlan, J. R. et al. 1970. Geographic distribution of the species of Cynodon L. C. Rich. (Gramineae) E. African Agric. Forest. J. 36:222.
  • Harlan, J. R. et al. 1970. A guide to the species of Cynodon (Gramineae) Bull. Oklahoma Agric. Exp. Sta. B-673:6.
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. 1990 (L Aust)
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
  • Keay, R. W. J. & F. N. Hepper Flora of west tropical Africa, ed. 2. 1953-1972 (F WT Afr)
  • Kellerman, T. S. et al. Plant poisonings and mycotoxicoses of livestock in Southern Africa. 1988 (Kellerman et al.)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)
  • Veldkamp, J. F. 1997. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)

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