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
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 18-Mar-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 11-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 11 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

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:


  • Asia-Tropical

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

  • Naturalized

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Costa Rica

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
  • Northern America

    • United States
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Costa Rica


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