Ampelodesmos ampelodesmos (Cirillo) Kerguélen
Ampelodesmos bicolor (Poir.) Kunth
Ampelodesmos effusus Steud.
Ampelodesmos festucoides Steud.
Ampelodesmos tenax (Vahl) Link
Ampelodonax bicolor (Poir.) Lojac.
Arundo ampelodesmos Cirillo
Arundo bicolor Poir.
Arundo biflora Lam.
Arundo festucoides Desf.
Arundo mauritanica Poir.
Arundo tenax Vahl
Avena festucoides Desf.) Raspail
Calamagrostis bicolor J.F.Gmel.
Deyeuxia arundinacea P.Beauv.
Donax ampelodesmos Schult.
Donax bicolor (Poir.) P.Beauv.
Donax festucoides (Desf.) P.Beauv.
Donax mauritanicus (Poir.) P.Beauv.
Donax tenax (Vahl) P.Beauv.
Festuca elatior Ucria
Stipa mauritanica (Poir.) Columbus & J.P.Sm.
Ampelodesmos mauritanicus is an evergreen, perennial, clump-forming grass with short rhizomes. It produces erect culms 100 - 200cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre for paper making etc.
Mediterranean region from Spain to Greece and from Morocco to Libya.
Dry places, mainly near the coast[
Ampelodesmos mauritanicus is a plant of the Mediterranean region and is not tolerant of cold winters. It can tolerate temperatures falling as low as between -5 to -10°c occasionally, so long as it is in a well-drained soil[
]. Plants succeed outdoors in the southwest of Britain (zone 8)[
Requires a fertile well-drained but moist soil in a sheltered sunny position[
The leaves are used to make a rope[
] and are also used in papermaking[
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest surface sowing the seed in a greenhouse in spring. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse, planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring as the plant comes into growth. The divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, though it might be safer to get them established and growing well in pots first.