Paspalum staggers is a neurological disease in cattle which occurs from ingestion of dallis grass (Paspalum dilatatum)
containing the sclerotium (ergot) of Claviceps paspali
. This condition very closely resembles ryegrass staggers, which is caused by ingestion of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)
It is common in cattle grazing on pastures dominated by paspalum grass; the seedheads become infected with toxic sclerotia of C. paspali
. The major toxins produced by C. paspali
are tremorgenic indolediterpenes.