IT: Vetiver or Andropagone
BOT: Vetiveria zizanioides, Andropogon muricatus
FAM: Gramineae (Poaceae)
ILL: Plate 4, No. 7
Visitors who have suffered the hot weather in India will know the wet cooling screens erected over windows and doorways. These screens are often made from the root of the khas-khas grass, a close relative to the other aromatic grasses. (See Lemon Grass.)
Khas-khas is grown in India, Java, Reunion, Brazil and other hot climates. The essential oil from the root is used in perfumery and to flavour sherbets and sweetmeats. Khas syrup and khas water may be obtained from shops specializing in Indian products.