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Esparto grass (page 63)

Esparto, also called Esparto grass, is one of two types of gray-green needle grass (Lygeum Spartum and Stipa Tenacissima). It is native to southern Spain and northern Africa. It can tolerate desert conditions and is known to be able to live by the coast. It has stiff, rushlike leaves, and is able to grow in rocky soil on high plains. It can grow up to three or four feet in height. Its stems are cylindrical and grow in clusters.

Esparto grass

When the plants are young they serve as forage but after they have matured they have a lot of strength and flexibility. For many years the grass has been used in many different crafts to make rope, sandals, baskets, mats, and other useful things. Esparto leaves are also used in the making of paper.

Esparto grass baskets and bowls

In The Kingdom of This World, Ti Noel was sitting in a pile of Esparto grass after returning from the Bois Caiman ceremony (as led by Bouckman) which signalled the start of the slave revolt. Ti Noel gathered a pile of fresh Esparto grass, as it would have been used to feed the horses, and sat in it singing, as he was happy that the revolt was now planned and ready to begin.

For further information, including top image, go to:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/192691/esparto

For top image alone, go to:

http://comares.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=119594217

For basket image, and more information, go to:

http://balearsculturaltour.net/actualidad_det.php?idioma=en&id=243

 



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