Chrysopogon zizanioides

Chrysopogon zizanioides

(Vetiver grass)

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Chrysopogon zizanioides

Common name

Vetiver grass

Flower colour; life form

Perennial grass to 3 m tall, usually less

Distinguishing features

This Indian native is an excellent erosion control plant however occasionally it escapes to nearby areas. Plants deeply rooted , stems in clumps; leaf blades to 90 cm long and up to 12 mm wide. Inflorescence a panicle, branches whorled, jointed; spikelets paired, falling entire at maturity, purplish. Related to lemon grass, Vetiver oil has medicinal properties.

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