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Chrysopogon zizanioides

Vetiver, Vetiver

 Native to India. Vetiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. The stems are tall and the leaves are long, thin, and rather rigid; the flowers are brownish-purple. Unlike most grasses, which form horizontally spreading, mat-like root systems, vetiver's roots grow downward, 2–4 m in depth. This plant can be extremely helpful for erosion control. 

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Benefits | Desirability

This is a great solution for soil erosion.

Vetiver is used as a flavoring agent but  is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots. 

Vetiver grass is used as roof thatch (it lasts longer than other materials), mud brick-making for housing construction (such bricks have lower thermal conductivity), strings and ropes andornamentals



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