Thysanolaena maxima

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Thysanolaena maxima
Amliso plant with flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Thysanolaena
Species: T. maxima
Binomial name
Thysanolaena maxima

Thysanolaena maxima (amliso)[1] (Nepali: अम्लिसो), is a perennial grass plant found in hilly regions of Nepal, northern and eastern parts of India, Bhutan, and Philippines. The flowers of this plant are used as cleaning tool or broom, which is known as कुच्चो kuchcho in Nepali.

"Tiger Grass" is a common name for this plant throughout the tropics where it is grown as an ornamental. It may be used to create the effect of bamboo, which it resembles, but to which it is not related. It also is called "broom grass" in areas where its flowers are used as a cleaning tool.


  1. ^ Uma Shankar, S. D. Lama & K. S. Bawa (2001). "Ecology and economics of domestication of non-timber forest products: an illustration of broomgrass in Darjeeling Himalaya". Journal of Tropical Forest Science. 13 (1): 171–191.