L., Sp. Pl. 81 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Bamboo, Spanish (or giant or Danubian) reed.
Culms 2-6 m high; leaves rounded at the base, tapering to a long fine point, glabrous, to 7 cm broad.
Panicle 30-60 cm long, dense, silky-hairy, cream-coloured or brown; spikelets 8-15 mm long, 2-7-flowered; glumes almost equal, glabrous; lemma 5-9-nerved.
In Australia it is not generally regarded as naturalised but it has been sporadically recorded outside cultivation in S.Aust. It usually grows in damp places.
S.Aust.: NW, FR, EA, NL, MU, YP, SL. Qld; Vic. Native to southern Europe and Asia but introduced as an ornamental into most of the world.
Flowering time: March — July.
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