Pennisetum purpureum, Pennisetum benthamii,
Elephant grass, Marker grass, Napier grass,
Hebrew: זיף-נוצה ארגמני, Arabic: الثيوم الأرجواني

Scientific name:  Pennisetum purpureum Schumach.
Synonym name:  Pennisetum benthamii Steud.
Common name:  Elephant grass, Marker grass, Napier grass
Hebrew name:   זיף-נוצה ארגמני
Arabic name:  الثيوم الأرجواني
Family:  Gramineae / Poaceae, דגניים

Pennisetum purpureum, Pennisetum benthamii, Elephant grass, Marker grass, Napier grass, זיף-נוצה ארגמני
Location: Heftziba Farm, Hadera

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, smooth
Flowers:  Purple, green
Flowering Period:  September, October, November
Habitat:  Humid habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:   Escaped from cultivation
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Pennisetum purpureum,Pennisetum benthamii Steud.,Elephant grass, Marker grass, Napier grass, זיף-נוצה ארגמני
Location: Heftziba Farm, Hadera


Derivation of the botanical name:
Pennisetum, penna, a feather; seta, a bristle; feathery bristles.
purpureum, purple.
benthamii, named after George Bentham (1800 - 1884), English botanist, taxonomist, author, President of the Royal Society, and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London.
  • The standard author abbreviation Schumach. is used to indicate Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher (1757 – 1830), a Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy at the University of Copenhagen.
  • The standard author abbreviation Steud. is used to indicate Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel (1783 – 1856), a German physician and an authority on grasses.