Bristle Grass

Bristle Grass, Setaria sp., in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Several kinds of bristle grass occur in Kenya. Most have a straight, slender spike and bristles on the spikelets.

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Fountain Grass

Fountain Grass, Pennisetum sp., in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Large clump grass with attractive reddish purple spikes of florets. Widely introduced elsewhere in tropics and subtropics.

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Finger Grass

Species of crabgrass, Digitaria, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Perennial grass with many shoots forming a tuft and lying flat on ground. Spike-like branches of inflorescence arranged like fingers.

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Harpachne schimperi from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Clump-forming grass with stems up to 0.5m tall. Pendulous spikelets crowded at top of infloresence. Often shaded a pink-red color.

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Durban Crowfoot

Crowfoot, Dactyloctenium aegyptium, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Four orthogonal rachises branch from the top of the central rachis.

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Burr Grass

Burr Grass/Carrot-seed Grass, Tragus sp., photo © Michael Plagens

Small annual. The spikelets are enclosed in barbed bracts. Leaf margins ciliate.

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Basket Grass

Basket Grass, Bromus sp., in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Shady habitat grass on the forest floor. Leaves are broader, elliptical in shape. Creeps along close to ground.

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Brome Grass

Brome Grass, Bromus sp., in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Several kinds of brome grass occur in Kenya. This is one of the largest species, occasionally 2 m tall.

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Corn / Maize

Corn, Maize, Zea mays, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

This very important grass is cultivated across Kenya and originates from Mexico.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 30 Jan. 2013,
updated 31 July 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am so new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I am learning them I am teaching myself, sharing with others and happy to receive feedback from web site visitors.