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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Stipoideae
Genus: Ampelodesmos
Link, 1827
Species: A. mauritanicus
Binomial name
Ampelodesmos mauritanicus
(Poir.) T.Durand & Schinz

Ampelodesmos is a monotypic genus of grass containing the single species Ampelodesmos mauritanicus,[1] which is known by the common names stramma, Mauritania grass, rope grass, and dis grass.

This plant is a large clumping perennial bunchgrass, which is native to the Mediterranean region.


Ampelodesmos mauritanicus has been introduced elsewhere and is cultivated as an ornamental grass. Its nodding flower panicles can be nearly two feet long. In its native area it is used as a fiber for making mats, brooms, and twine. The genus name comes from the Greek ampelos, "vine", and desmos, "bond", from its former use as a string to tie up grapevines.

The plant can become an Invasive species in non-native ecosystems beyond the Mediterranean Basin.


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