Indian cane (Saccharum officinarum) is a fast-growing species in the Poaceae (grass) of the genus Saccharum.
It is among the valuable mutants immortalized by clonal propagation through human selection. It is an old-fashioned form of sugar cane with a hybrid origin of wild cane species.
Indian cane is a perennial plant that grows in upright clusters. It can grow up to 5 meters tall with a red stem 15-30mm in diameter.
The white to gray panicles of flowers bloom from late summer to early autumn. This cultivated variety of sugar cane is more resilient than other cultivars.
It is better suited to dry conditions and poor soils. It is leafier, with thin, relatively complex red canes.