Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.

Locations ofCenchrus purpurascens Thunb. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.
Common Name
Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Cenchrus purpurascens Thunb.
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 and appears to be spreading rapidly now. It is likely more widespread than the mapped collection records indicate.

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, fields, clearings, and waste ground. Infrequent throughout, but may be locally abundant where established.
Native Status

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