CAS Number: 8016-96-4 ; 84238-29-9
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Paras Code: PEO1162
Vetiveria zizanioides ( Famil: Poaceae) is native in India and widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world. The world's major producers include Haiti, India, Java, and Thailand. It is a perennial grass and form clumps which are stout and tall and leaves are linear, acute, erect, rigid, firm or spongy and glabrous. Panicles are oblong, usually contracted, rachis stout and smooth, whorls of branches that are oblique to sub-erect, filiform, slightly rough. The length of roots varies from 10 cm to 35 cm or more according to the growth, soil and climatic conditions. It can be grown on marginal soils including saline, sodic, sandy and waterlogged. It is major source for well known oil of vetiver, which is used in medicine and in perfumery.
Woody, earthy, rooty, smoky, nutty, powdery.
Light brown to dark brown, slightly viscous liquid.
In India, Vetiver has been used for fragrance purpose for at least 3,000 years. Vetiver roots have been used to scent the water for ritual washing at the entrance of holy buildings. Vetiver leaves are used to make blinds to keep out of intense heat, and when sprinkled with water the blinds diffuse the Vetiver scent.