Hyparrhenia subplumosa is a robust perennial grass with culms 2 - 3 metres tall[
The culms are gathered from the wild for local use as thatching material.
Tropical Africa - Senegal, south to Angola, east to Tanzania.
]. Growing in Brachystegia woodland, along riverbanks and in dambos at elevations of 1,200 - 1,710 metres[
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The culms are used as thatching material and are generally deemed to be good for the purpose, although in some areas the plant is not favoured because it is too coarse and brittle[
The culms are chopped up to make building blocks, which are bonded with clay[
Bristly points on the haulm render it unsuitable for zaanaa matting, but it has been reported usable for paper-pulp[
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