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Heteropogon contortus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: 'Heteropogon'
Binomial name
Heteropogon contortus

Heterpogon contortus is a kind of perennial grass. It is native to southern Africa, southern Asia and parts of Australia and Oceania. Common names for the species include black spear grass and tanglehead. The plant can reach a height of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in). The plants grow particularly well in areas where wildfires are frequent. Native Hawaiians used it to thatch their houses.

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