Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.

Locations ofCenchrus purpurascens Thunb. in Virginia

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Family
Poaceae
Botanical Name
Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.
Common Name
Fountain Grass
Synonym(s)
Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
in Taxa Not Treated: Waifs
Comments
This is a much cultivated ornamental grass that occasionally escapes, sometimes well away from plantings. This species has been found in a number of new localities in recent years, but it remains to be seen whether it will become more fully established.
Molecular studies indicate that Cenchrus and Pennisetum form a monophyletic clade and should be merged. Nomenclaturally, Cenchrus has priority over Pennisetum.
Habitat
Roadsides, open disturbed floodplains, and waste ground. Rare, mountains and Piedmont.
Native Status
Introduced

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