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Saccharum officinarum
Sugar cane
Tebu Gramineae
 

Saccharum officinarum, Sugar cane, Tebu

 
Saccharum officinarum, Sugar cane, Tebu

The tall stout stems on this species grow to 20 ft (6 m).
The canes are 2 in (5 cm) thick and very juicy, and bear lance-shaped leaves up to 6 ft (1.8 m) long and 2 1/2 in (6 cm) wide with rough edges.
The flower plumes are slender and arching, up to 3 ft (1 m) long.
Each individual flower spikelet is 1/8 in (3 mm) long and enveloped with long silky hairs. This grass is widely cultivated in tropical areas as the main commercial source of sugar.
Cultivation: They need full sun rich, summer-moist soil and can become invasive under suitable conditions.
They are usually propagated from cuttings.

 

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