Scientific Name:
Miscanthus Andersson, Öfvers. Kongl. Vetensk.-Akad. Förh. 12: 165 (1855)

Robust, tufted, tall bamboo-like perennials. Leaf-sheath loose. Ligule a truncate densely ciliate rim. Leaf-blade long, rather narrow. Culm erect, solid, leafy. Inflorescence a large, fan-shaped or corymbiform, loose, open panicle; branches consisting of long racemes with very tough glabrous rachis bearing many paired spikelets on unequal glabrous pedicels. Spikelets 2-flowered, surrounded by an involucre of long fine hairs from the very short obtuse callus; lower floret Ø; upper floret ☿. Glumes ± chartaceous, muticous. Lower floret: lemma hyaline, awnless; palea 0. Upper floret: lemma shorter, hyaline, bidentate at apex with delicate awn arising in the notch; palea small, hyaline, nerveless; lodicules 2, cuneate, truncate, glabrous, or 0; stamens 2, or 3; ovary apex glabrous, styles free; caryopsis oblong, embryo ½ length of caryopsis, hilum punctiform or elliptic, < ½ length of caryopsis. Fig. 24.

[From: Edgar and Connor (2000) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 5 (second printing).]

Number of species in New Zealand within Miscanthus Andersson
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Andersson, M.J. 1855: Om de med Saccharum beslägtade genera. Öfversigt af Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 12: 151–167.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.