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Taxon: Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.

Genus: Pennisetum
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Paniceae
Nomen number: 27168
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 1:303. 1824 ("1825")
Name verified on: 17-Jan-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 12-Mar-2012
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 6 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Chinese fountain grass   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – English
  • foxtail fountain grass   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • swamp foxtail grass   (Source: Weed CIBA ) – English
  • swamp-foxtail   (Source: F NSWales ) – English
  • lang wei cao   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • pennisétum   (Source: Zander Ency ) – French
  • japanisches Federborstengras   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • lampborstgräs   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India - Assam
    Indo-China: Myanmar
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

    New Zealand: New Zealand

      Cultivated: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    China: China
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - New York, Pennsylvania
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Arkansas, Florida




Check other web resources for Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.:


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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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