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Taxon: Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty

Genus: Chrysopogon
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 424704
Place of publication: Bull. Inst. Franç. Afrique Noire, A 22:106. 1960
Name verified on: 18-Mar-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Jun-2010
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 11 in National Plant Germplasm System.
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Common names:

  • cuscus grass   (Source: Use Pl WT Afr [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – English
  • khus-khus   (Source: CRC MedHerbs ed2 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – English
  • khus-khus grass   (Source: Vetiver Grass.NRC 93 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – English
  • vetiver   (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – English
  • vetiver grass   (Source: NRCS Cons Pl Mat [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – English
  • chiendent odorant   (Source: Pl Res SEAs [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – French
  • vétiver   (Source: Dict Rehm [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – French
  • Vetivergras   (Source: Dict Rehm [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – German
  • khas-khas   (Source: Dict Rehm [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – India
  • capim-de-cheiro   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • capim-sândalo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • patchuli-falso   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005 [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • zacate violeta   (Source: Dict Rehm [as Vetiveria zizanioides]) – Spanish
  • vetivergräs   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support   (fide Vetiver grass: a thin green line against erosion. 1993, National Research Council)
  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Vetiver grass: a thin green line against erosion. 1993, National Research Council)
  • Materials: essential oils   (used in perfumery and soaps fide Vetiver Grass 11. 1993)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2, as Vetiveria zizanioides; Herbs Commerce ed2, as Vetiveria zizanioides)

Distributional range:

    Indian Subcontinent: India - Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal; Pakistan - Punjab; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Indochina; Myanmar; Thailand

    Australia: Australia
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica

    Northern Africa: Algeria
    China: China
    United States [s.]
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica




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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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