Fountain Grass


Fountain Grass

Taxobox
name = Fountain grass


image_width = 250px
image_caption = "Pennisetum setaceum" Habit
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Liliopsida
ordo = Poales
familia = Poaceae
genus = "Pennisetum"
species = "P. setaceum"
binomial = "Pennisetum setaceum"
binomial_authority = (Forssk.) Chiov.
"Fountain Grass" is a C4 perennial bunch grass from north Africa and can grow up to a meter high. It has been introduced to many parts of the world as an ornamental plant. It is drought tolerant, grows fast and has many purple, plumose flower spikes. Fountain grass has a limited range within its natural range along the Sahara and Mediterranean Coast.

Environmental threat

Although a native of North Africa, it has been introduced in Tenerife [http://www.atan.org/en/urbanismo/lalaguna/piterita.htm 1] , Hawaii, Australia and the "sun belt" states of the United States as well as in South Africa. 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 fires, thus posing a further threat to certain native species.

External links

* [http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/ex/fg.html Sonoran Desert conservation fact sheet]

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