Cenchrus purpureus formerly Pennisteum purpureum

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Cenchrus purpureus formerly Pennisteum purpureum

(Elephant Grass}

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Cenchrus purpureus was Pennisetum purpureum

Common name(s)

Elephant Grass

Flower colour; life form

Grass, 1-6 m tall.

Distinguishing features

Leaves flat with a prominent midrib, blade to 1 m long and 3 cm wide. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Inflorescence 8-30 cm long, yellow to purplish. Involucre of hairs subtending subsessile spikelet.

Pennisteum purpureum