Heteropogon contortus

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Heteropogon contortus
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Heteropogon contortus

Heterpogon contortus is a kind of perennial grass.[1] It is native to southern Africa, southern Asia and parts of Australia and Oceania. Common names for the species include black spear grass and tanglehead. The plant can reach a height of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in). The plants grow particularly well in areas where wildfires are frequent. Native Hawaiians used it to thatch their houses.[2]

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  1. "Heteropogon contortus (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1997-05-22. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  2. Kanahele, George S. (1993). "Chapter 7: A Sense of Place". Kū Kanaka, stand tall: a search for Hawaiian values. University of Hawaii Press. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-8248-1500-4.