Andropogon bombycinus R.Br.
Andropogon exaltatus lanatus (R.Br.) Hack.
Andropogon lanatus R.Br.
Andropogon procerus schultzii Hack.
Sorghum bombycinum (R.Br.) Kuntze
Common Name: Silky Oil Grass
Cymbopogon bombycinus is an evergreen, clump-forming grass with erect culms 30 - 100cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its essential oil.
Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, northern South Australia, Western Australia
Found in various soil types, even drifting sands.
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Species in this genus generally grow best in a sunny position in a moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Many of them are found in dry soils in the wild[
]. The plant hasdeeply-penetrating, wiry roots and, once established is very drought tolerant.
An extract of the leaves is used in commercial cosmetic preparations as an antioxidant and skin conditioner[
Seed - surface sow or only just cover, sowing the seeds in a nursery seedbed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots at the 3 - 4 leaf stage and grow on until large enough to plant out. Seed can also be sown in situ, but this often results in heavy weed infestation[
Division of established clumps. This is best done annually or they can become too crowded and suffer. The offshoots of this species often fail to establish[
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