Miscanthus sinensis Andersson APNI*
Description: Erect tufted perennial, 2–3 m high.
Leaves mostly basal, numerous; ligule a short ciliate rim; blade to 10 mm wide, margins regularly toothed, hirsute at the orifice.
Inflorescence digitate or a short primary axis with numerous silky, spreading racemes to 25 cm long. Spikelets paired, 4–5.5 mm long, with a ring of white hairs at the base. Lower glume 3-nerved, glabrous; upper 1-nerved, glabrous or with a few hairs. Lower lemma shorter than the glumes; upper lemma with a delicate geniculate awn 7–10 mm long. Palea 25–50% the length of the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated but now escaped and naturalized especially along railway embankments; in the lower Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Leaves green throughout||var. sinensis|
|Leaves green and white striped||2|
|2||Leaves transversely striped||var. zebrinus|
|Leaves longitudinally striped|
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