Taxon  Report   10189    
Pennisetum purpureum  Schumach.
Elephant grass
Pennisetum purpureum
© 2018 Zoya Akulova
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Pennisetum purpureum
© 2018 Zoya Akulova
Pennisetum purpureum
© 2018 Zoya Akulova
Pennisetum purpureum, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is not native to California.

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Pennisetum purpureum
© 2018 Zoya Akulova
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Pennisetum
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cenchrus purpureus
More information about  Pennisetum purpureum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).