Andropogon bicornis Forssk.
Andropogon caesius Nees
Andropogon connatus Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Andropogon excavatus Hochst.
Andropogon foliatus Steud.
Andropogon nardoides minor Nees
Andropogon schoenanthus caesius (Hook. & Arn.) Hack.
Andropogon schoenanthus gracillimus Hook.f.
Cymbopogon connatus (A.Rich.) Chiov.
Cymbopogon excavatus (Hochst.) Stapf ex Burtt Davy
Cymbopogon plicatus Stapf
Cymbopogon suaveolens Pilg.
Gymnanthelia connata (A.Rich.) Schweinf. & Asch.
Common Name: Kachi Grass
Cymbopogon caesius is a very aromatic, evergreen, clump-forming perennial grass growing to 2 metres tall, occasionally to 3 metres[
The plant is gathered from the wild and used to obtain an essential oil[
], and is also occasionally cultivated for this purpose[
Southern and eastern Africa - S. Africa, north to Eritrea, Arabia to India and southern China.
Growing in grassland, savannah, open forest, dambos, fallow fields, waste ground and old maize fields, and along roadsides at elevations of 50 - 1,550 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
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[
An essential oil, called 'oil of kachi grass', is obtained from the plant[
The culms are used to make ornamental bracelets[
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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