miscanthus

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English[edit]

Miscanthus × giganteus, giant miscanthus
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Etymology[edit]

From Translingual Miscanthus ‎(genus name).

Noun[edit]

miscanthus ‎(plural miscanthuses)

  1. Any of several perennial grasses, of genus Miscanthus, native to subtropical and tropical regions of Africa and southern Asia, which is cultivated as an ornamental plant and is being used as a source of biomass for the production of biofuel.
    • 1930, Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Volumes 28-32, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, page 23,
      On the four sides of the box are autumnal plants — asters, patrinias, crawfudias, miscanthuses, eupatoriiuns, platycodons, and chrysanthemums, among which butterflies hover.
    • 2006, James Raimes, Gardening at Ginger: My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape, page 33,
      These miscanthuses are magnificent plants, great green mounds getting taller and taller through the summer and fall, [] .
    • 2014, D. K. Lee, Allen S. Parrish, Thomas B. Voigt, Chapter 3: Switchgrass and Giant Miscanthus Agronomy, Yogendra Shastri, Alan Hansen, Luis Rodríguez, K.C. Ting (editors), Engineering and Science of Biomass Feedstock Production and Provision, page 37,
      Two species, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) and giant miscanthus (Miscanthus × giganteus), are of interest as dedicated energy crops as both have great biomass production potential.