Phalaris arundinacea L.

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Phalaris arundinacea

Photo: Petra Ballings
Compound "Best Kept Secret" Cottages, Woodland rd, Vumba

Phalaris arundinacea

Photo: Petra Ballings
Compound "Best Kept Secret" Cottages, Woodland rd, Vumba

Phalaris arundinacea

Photo: Petra Ballings
Compound "Best Kept Secret" Cottages, Woodland rd, Vumba

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Description: Perennial from scaly creeping rhizomes. Culms 50–150 cm. tall. Leaf-blades up to 20 cm. long and 15 mm. wide. Panicle 7–40 cm. long, dense, lobed or interrupted, with short branches up to 5 cm. long, these spreading at anthesis but otherwise contracted about the main axis. Glumes 3.5–7.5 mm. long, acute, wingless or with a very narrow and inconspicuous wing on the keel; sterile florets 2, subulate, 1.2–2.3 mm. long, villous; fertile floret lanceolate, 2.7–4.5 mm. long, dull yellow to grey-brown, sparsely pubescent.
Notes: Recorded by Biegel (1977) as being cultivated in gardens, especially a variegated cultivar 'Picta'.
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Worldwide distribution: The Mediterranean to the Caucasus. Introduced species. Occurs in similar localities to P. minor, Zimbabwe
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 83.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 108.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 24. as Phalaris tuberosa X arundinacea

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Phalaris arundinacea., retrieved 19 June 2024

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