Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Cenchrus purpurascens Thunberg. Chinese Fountaingrass, Foxtail Fountaingrass. Phen: Sep-Nov. Hab: Disturbed areas, roadsides, floodplains, old fields. Dist: Native of e. Asia. This species seems to be developing into an invasive species, with increasing reports of its spread into natural areas, as opposed to merely occurring as a waif following cultivation. Reported for DE and MD, where frequently encountered on roadsides (Longbottom, Naczi, & Knapp 2016).

Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia

Syn: = NY, Verloove (2012); = Cenchrus compressus – Chemisquy et al (2010); > Cenchrus alopecuroides – K4; > Pennisetum alopecuroides – Ar, FNA25, HC, Il, K1, K3, Mi, Pa

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