EPPO Global Database

Cenchrus clandestinus(PESCL)

Code created in: 2002-07-22

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: PESCL
  • Preferred name: Cenchrus clandestinus
  • Authority: (Chiovenda) Morrone


Ethiopia to Central Africa to Zimbabwe. Cultivated as a pasture or lawn grass. Introduced in Mediterranean region (locally), Western Asia, Himalayas, India, China (including Taiwan), Indochina (Vietnam), Malesia, Nigeria, southern Africa, Madagascar, USA (California), Mexico, Central America, Caribbean,  South America (except Brazil, southern cone), New Guinea, New Zealand

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Kikuyuochloa clandestina (Chiovenda) Scholz
Pennisetum clandestinum Chiovenda
Pennisetum longistylum var. clandestinum (Chiovenda) Leeke

Common names
Name Language
kikuyugrass English
Kikuyugras German
pennisète clandestin French
hierba Kikuyu Spanish
pasto Kikuyu Spanish
quicuyo Spanish
capim-kikuio Portuguese (BR)
capim-quicuio Portuguese (BR)
pasto-africano Portuguese
кикуия Russian
перистощетинник скрытный Russian
zif=notzah chavui Hebrew
זִיף=נוֹצָה חָבוּי Hebrew
grama fina Catalan
pū dì láng wěi cǎo Chinese
铺地狼尾草 Chinese