A giant reed, Arundo donax, native to the Mediterranean area. Arundo donax is cultivated around the world. Similar to bamboo, arundo can grow to 18 feet in height. The stems are used as reeds in woodwind instruments. The bast fibers are used for manufacturing paper.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Spanish reed; scriptural reed; savannah grass
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998