Pennisetum purpureum Schumach.
Vascular – Exotic
Robust tufted perennial grass to 3 m or more, with 6mm rhizome. Leaf blade up to 75 cm by 3 cm, flat with numerous fine appressed hairs. Culm internodes with fine hairs for some distance below inflorescence. Panicle 14 by 2 cm, cylindric and spike-like.
Very large perennial grass, with 20-30 mm wide leaf blades. Inflorescence a simple spike-like panicle, involucral bristles plumose.
Perennial. Reproduction mainly vegetative.
Reason for introduction
Tolerates a range of conditions (0-500m), but killed by frost. Drought resistant.
cenchrus: From the Greek cenchros which means millet