Calamagrostis epigejos

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Calamagrostis epigejos
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Calamagrostis
Species: C. epigejos
Binomial name
Calamagrostis epigejos
(L.) Roth
Synonyms[1][2]
  • Arundo epigeios L.
  • Calamagrostis arenicola

Calamagrostis epigejos, common names wood small-reed or bushgrass, is a species of grass in the Poaceae family which is native to Eurasia and Africa. It is found from average moisture locales to salt marsh and wet habitats.[3]

Description

The foliage is a medium green and is perennial with lengthy rhizomes. The culms are erect and are 60–200 centimetres (24–79 in) long while the leaf-blades are 70 centimetres (28 in) long and 3–14 millimetres (0.12–0.55 in) (in some cases even 20 millimetres or 0.8 inches) wide. Its ligule is 4–12 millimetres (0.16–0.47 in) long and is acute and lacerate. The species also have an erect panicle which is 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) long and is also oblong and almost lanceolate. The spikelets are 4.5–7 millimetres (0.18–0.28 in) long while the rhachilla is prolonged. The glumes are scaberulous and lanceolate while the lemma is only a half of its length. Its awns are 1–2.5 millimetres (0.04–0.10 in) and are located closer to the lemmas middle.[2]

The large inflorescence is a rich brown colour. The flowers form dense and narrow spikes 25–35 centimetres (10–14 in) long.[3]

Distribution

Calamagrostis epigejos has a broad distribution in temperate Eurasia, from France and Great Britain to Japan.[2] A distinct variety is found in southern and eastern Africa.[2]

Cultivation

Calamagrostis epigejos is cultivated as an ornamental grass for gardens.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Calamagrostis epigejos". JSTOR. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Calamagrostis epigejos". Flora of Pakistan. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c bluestem.ca. accessed 9.30.2012

External links

  • Media related to Calamagrostis epigejos at Wikimedia Commons
  • Bluestem.ca: Calamagrostis epigejos
  • Gobotany.newenglandwild.org: Calamagrostis epigejos (feathertop reed grass)
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