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Saccharum officinarum is often confused with:
Saccharum giganteum Form
Native alternative(s) for Saccharum officinarum:
Saccharum giganteum Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Saccharum alopecuroides
Andropogon gyrans Form in fall
Tridens flavus Tridens flavus

Saccharum officinarum

Common Name(s):

Description

Saccharum officinarum produces the highest number of calories per sq. ft. of growing area of any plant in the world and is the source of 70% of the sugar in the world. The sugar is extracted from the stems

Sugar cane probably originated in New Guinea, and was brought to the Americas in 1493 by the explorer Christopher Columbus. It is now grown in more than 70 countries, mostly in the tropics.  Approximately half of the world's cane sugar is grown in India and Brazil.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#edible plant#wildlife plant#pollinator plant#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#edible plant#wildlife plant#pollinator plant#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Saccharum
    Species:
    officinarum
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Sugar
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    New Guinea
    Wildlife Value:
    This is a larval host plant that supports various skipper larvae and Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) which have one brood from late May to October. Adult Common Wood-Nymph butterflies feed on rotting fruit and flower nectar.
    Edibility:
    Stem
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators