Observed: 28th November 2014
Added: 19th December 2014
large, robust reed 2-6m high; rarely branching; spreading from horizontal rootstock. leaves: pale green to bluish-green, up to 700mm long X 80mm wide; leaf tips soft or firm, not rigid and penetrating( like phragmites mauritianus); leaf blades with large, basal ear lobes; leaf sheaths persistent on stem. inflorescence: cream or brown, silky, compact, spear-shaped, 300-600mm long, all year; rarely flowering above 1000m altitude and then usually adjacent to busy roads. compare with the indi genous reeds phragmites mauritianus . fruits: none seen. cultivated for: ornament, screening.