Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis

(Miscanthus, Chinese Silver Grass, Zebra Grass)

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Miscanthus sinensis

Common name(s)

Miscanthus, Chinese Silver grass, Zebra grass

Flower colour; life form

Grass, erect to 3 m tall

Distinguishing features

An attractive dense clumping grass introduced from Asia. Growth is rapid and grows to 3 m tall, extensive underground system of branching rhizomes. Leaves 1-2 m long, arching, tips sharp, mid rib whitish on upper surface. Ligule a fringed membrane. Inflorescence a large feathery panicle on a stem 2-3 m long. Seeds with twisted awns, wind dispersed. An invasive plant – extreme fire risk

Scan of Miscanthus sinensis