Pennisetum setaceum, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Pennisetum setaceum (Forssk.) Chiov.
* Bollettino della Societa Botanica Italiana. Florence 1923:113. 1923
Pennisetum setaceum, commonly known as Fountain Grass, is a C4 perennial bunch grass that is native to open, scrubby habitats in East Africa, tropical Africa, Middle East and SW Asia. It has been introduced to many parts of the world as an ornamental plant. It is drought-tolerant, grows fast, reaches 1 m (3.3 ft) in height, and has many purple, plumose flower spikes.
Fountain Grass has been introduced to Tenerife,, Sicily, Sardinia, southern Spain, Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, the Western United States, and southern Florida. It thrives in warmer, drier areas and threatens many native species, with which it competes very effectively. It also tends to increase the risk of intense wildfires, thus posing a further threat to certain native species.
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