Himalayan fairy grass
Vascular – Exotic
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Terrestrial. Waste areas, spreading from roadsides.
Tall tufted perennial grass to about 1 m tall. Culm 40–80 cm, purple-green to yellow-green with purplish nodes. Leaf-sheath often conspicuously purple, with scattered long silky hairs. Leaf-blade 20–60 cm × 4–10 mm, stiff with obvious pale green mid-rib, gradually tapering, margins rough to the touch. Panicle 10–20 cm, golden brown, drooping fan-shaped. Seed 1–1.5 mm.
The drooping fan-shaped panicle is quite distinctive. M. sinensis is also cultivated and naturalised. M. sinensis has a creamy-brown inflorescence, is larger (to over 2 m ) and a form with variegated foliage is widely grown.
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