Andropogon ruprechtii Hack.
Anthistiria dissoluta Nees ex Steud.
Cymbopogon ruprechtii (Hack.) Rendle
Hyparrhenia dissoluta (Nees ex Steud.) C.E.Hubb.
Hyparrhenia ruprechtii (Hack.) E.Fourn.
Common Name: Yellow Thatching Grass
Yellow thatching grass is a tufted perennial grass with culms 1 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is often gathered from the wild for local use as thatching material, making baskets etc.
Africa - Mauritania to Ethiopia, south through much of Africa to S. Africa.
Common in deciduous bushland and wooded grassland, in fixed dunes, along riverbanks and by roads and in disturbed places, including mining areas contaminated with nickel and molybdenum at elevations from sea level to 1,350 metres[
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Succeeds in subtropical to tropical climates[
The haulm is ubiquitously used when mature for thatching[
The Dagaari people of Ghana make characteristically square baskets using the younger stems[
The culms are commonly used for making matting after the spikelets have fallen[
]. They are much used for making zaanaa matting to enclose a compound[
The different stages of which have acquired a special vocabulary: A unit piece is approximately 1.8 metres wide by 2 metres long, the culms being bound together by interwoven culms about 30cm from the top and bottom. Units are then tied serially to make as long a screen or fence as may be required affixed vertically to a support[
The culms have some value for producing paper-pulp[
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