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  Arundo donax
  Family Name : Poaceae (Gramineae)

  Common Names : Giant Reed

 
Giant Reed
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Grass & Grass-like Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Maximum Height :
      4.2 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Mediterranean
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Tall, erect grass up to 4.2 m tall.
      Foliage: Soft, grey-green leaves are arranged in 2 files along the stem. They are linear with entire leaf margin.
      Flowers: The inflorescence is about 30 cm long. They are pinkish at first, but turn silver as they dry.
      Cultivation :
      It can grow in a wide variety of soils including infertile soils.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      [Remarks] (Division of large specimens is difficult due to their massive size. The rhizome can be cut into pieces and rooted.)
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      [Remarks] (Grey-Green)
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Indehiscent Dry Fruit (Caryopsis / Grain)
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Few (1-5)

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