TABLE 1 Countries Where Vetiver is Currently Known To Exist

Africa

Algeria

Angola

Burundi

Comoro

Central African Republic

Ethiopia

Gabon

Ghana

Kenya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mauritius

Nigeria

Rwanda

Réunion

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Tanzania

Tunisia

Uganda

Zaire

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Asia

Bangladesh

Burma

China

India

Indonesia

Japan

Malaysia

Nepal

Pakistan

Philippines

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Americas

Argentina

Brazil

Colombia

Costa Rica

French Guiana

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Paraguay

Suriname

Caribbean

Antigua

Barbados

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Haiti

Jamaica

Martinique

Puerto Rico

St. Lucia

St. Vincent

Trinidad

Virgin Islands

Pacific

American Samoa

Cook Islands

Fiji

New Caledonia

New Guinea

Tonga

Western Samoa

Others

France

Italy

Spain

USA

USSR

aimed both at locating the grass and at roughly assessing the worldwide experiences with it.1

ASIA

Vetiver is an Asian plant, probably native to a lowland, swampy area north of New Delhi in India. It has therefore been known to Asians longer than to anyone else.

India

In India, vetiver, or khus as it is more commonly known, has been used since ancient times and is recorded as a medicinal plant in the Ayurvedic era. However, it has been appreciated mainly for its

1  

This campaign was conducted during 1990 and 1991. In a number of cases vetiver had been little recognized and never recorded in these locations. The plant looks so ordinary that it is, in a sense, an "invisible" cohabitant—listed neither in the compendiums of native plants nor in the lists of commercial resources.



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