Cenchrus purpurascens (syn. Pennisetum alopecuriodes)

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Cenchrus purpurascens (syn. Pennisetum alopecuriodes)

(Swamp Foxtail)

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Cenchrus purpurascens (syn. Pennisetum alopecuriodes)

Common name

Swamp Foxtail

Flower colour; life form

Grass; erect to 1 m tall

Distinguishing features

An erect clumping grass to 1 m tall; ligule a fringe of hairs. Inflorescence a solid panicle 7-20 cm long, pale or straw-coloured. Spikelets sessile with an involucres of bristles. Spikelets appear as though perpendicular to the inflorescence axis. Found from Tasmania to North Queensland and into western areas.

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