(Latin, reed). Tall leafy perennial grasses resembling bamboos, 5-15 ft. high. or even 30 ft. in favorable locations. Lvs. broad and grace fully arching: sts. leafy to near the top, terminating in an immense plume 1-2 ft. long: spikelets long and pointed. Donax, Linn. Guxr Rsnn. Figs. 147,148. Towering straight stems 8-30 ft. high, which grow very rapidly, clothed with broad, pointed leaves at regular intervals. Grown for lawn decoration and to conceal unsightly objects. In some countries used for laths, woven work and thatching, and the roots asadiuretic.
The tall, showy plumes are reddish at first and last a long time. Mediter ranean, Much dwarfer and less hardy than the type, usually 4-7 or even 12 ft. high, with elegant longitudinal stripes of creamy white and green. has large, very glaucous lrs. conspicna, Forst. t‘. A rare and handsome form, bearing silky white fls., which are beautiful for months. Less hardy than A. Donor, and with nar rower lvs. Lvs. 2-4 ft. long. very slender, involute, coriaceous, deeply chun neled ; upper surface, margins, and long, slender point; 147. Arundo Donax. roughish.