Agrostis latifolia Heyne ex Bor
Agrostis maxima Roxb.
Agrostis scoparia J.König ex Bor
Melica latifolia Roxb.
Myriachaeta arundinacea Zoll. & Moritzi
Myriachaeta glauca Moritzi ex Steud.
Panicum acariferum Trin.
Sporobolus gigas (Steud.) Miq.
Sporobolus scoparius J.Presl
Thysanolaena acarifera (Trin.) Arn. & Nees
Thysanolaena agrostis Nees
Thysanolaena assamensis Gand.
Thysanolaena birmanica Gand.
Thysanolaena malaccensis Gand.
Thysanolaena maxima (Roxb.) Kuntze
Thysanolaena sikkimensis Gand.
Vilfa gigas Steud.
Vilfa scoparia (J.Presl) Steud.
Common Name: Asian Broom Grass
Asian broom grass is an evergreen, clump-forming grass with bamboo-like culms 2 - 4 metres tall.
The plant is commonly used to make a light dust brush which is extensively sold in local markets[
]. It is also cultivated as a hedge or screen, and is also grown as an ornamental[
E. Asia - southern China, Japan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia.
Valleys and lightly shaded slopes; ravines; river banks; forest margins; open grasslands. Usually in association with trees (often bamboo forests), solitarily or in small groups, not in full sunlight; at elevations from 150 - 2,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Requires a rich soil and a position in full sun[
The plant is frequently grown to provide screening and hedges[
The flowering panicles are used to make light, dust brooms[
]. The panicles are harvested after flowering[
In the Philippines a very characteristic, light dust broom is made of the panicles of this grass[
]. These brooms are extensively used for sweeping the highly polished hardwood floors so characteristic of the better houses in the Philippines. The panicles of this species are considered to make the best grade of these brooms, and for this purpose they are gathered extensively in some parts of the Islands. The handles of the brooms are made of the flowering stems variously interwoven or bound together, the panicles being arranged in a fan-like fashion to form the broom itself. The brooms are decidedly pretty and very effective for their special purpose[
]. Thysanolaena brooms are more durable than those made from Phragmites and command a higher price[
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