The botanical name is Heteropogon contortus. The inflorescence is a 3 to 8 cm long raceme borne singly or in pairs at the axil of the upper leaves. The spikelets of Speargrass are paired and very dissimilar according to their position on the Speargrass grows to a height of 50 to 150 cm, is tufted and highly variable. Its stems are geniculated at the base, erect at their upper levels, often branched, particularly at flowering.
Speargrass is native to the tropics and subtropics of Africa, Southern Asia, Northern Australia, and Oceania and is naturalized in tropical and subtropical areas of America, East Asia, and the Pacific Region. Speargrass is a summer-growing grass, highly resistant to grass fires.
Height: up to 1.5 m
Temperature: 30 to 35 °C
Uses and benefits :
The cellulose content of the grass is quite high and it
has been examined for pulping for paper manufacture, but with poor results.
The plant also is diuretic