African feather grass
Pennisetum macrourum

African feather grass is an erect, perennial grass that can grow to a height of 2 m.
Stems are erect, cylindrical, unbranched and hairless. They grow to a length of 2 m with several stems emerging from a single crown.
Leaves are light green and strongly ribbed on the upper surface. They are a darker green underneath and sometimes purplish along the edges and tips.
Leaves grow up to 1.2 m long, 1.2 cm wide, are hairless or with a few hairs near base. They have fine serrations on the ribs, are slightly curled, and are sometimes drooping with up to five leaves per stem.
Sheaths have sparse covering of hairs. Emerging leaves are in-rolled which later become flattened but tips remain in-rolled.
The ligule is fringed with hairs 0.5-1.5 mm long.
Flowers are purplish, yellow or brown with an erect or drooping, spike-like panicle which is 8-30 cm in length, 1-2 cm diameter and formed at the ends of stems.
The flowers have numerous florets 5-7 mm long, surrounded by feather-like serrated bristles 1-1.5 cm in length.