Saccharum officinarum violaceum
Originating from tropical and subtropical regions, sugar cane closely resembles the reeds found in the South of France.
The campsite‘s sugar cane is obviously for ornamental rather than nutritional purposes, but even so, let’s take a look at some of its characteristics.
Sugar is found inside the cane stalks. It is harvested after around a year’s growth, when the sugar is at its highest level and the leaves begin to dry. Liquid sugar is extracted by pressing the stalks.
Where to find it at the campsite
You’ll find sugar cane in Allée de l’Argentière (nr. 11 on the botanical footpath plan).
Carte d'identité :
- Nom latin : Saccharum officinarum violaceum
- Famille : Poacées
- Genre : Saccharum
- Espèce : ravennae
- Couleur(s) : Purple and green
- Sous-espèce : purpurea
- Feuillage : Perennial
- Forme : Tall, perennial grass
- Hauteur : 2 to 6 m
- Durée de vie : 7 ans si exploitée
- Floraison : autumn
Le saviez-vous ?
Sugar cane is of course used to make refined cane sugar, but also to manufacture rum.