Synonym: Pennisetum ciliare (L.) Link
Cenchrus ciliaris is a C4 photosynthesis tropical grass native to Africa, India and Indonesia. C. ciliaris is a summer-growing, deep-rooted, perennial tussock grass. It is very drought tolerant and responds more rapidly to rain. It can withstand heavy grazing once established and is adapted to a wide range of soils. C. ciliaris is a strong competitor and its high yields of light, fluffy seed allow it to spread readily via wind and water.