Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.
- Botanical Name
- Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.
- Common Name
- Fountain Grass
- Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.
- Flora of Virginia Name/Status
- in Taxa Not Treated: Waifs
- 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.
- Roadsides, open disturbed floodplains, and waste ground. Rare, mountains and Piedmont.
- Native Status
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