|Rhodopogon communis B.|
Distribution in Brutland and Norden
Redgrass (Rhodopogon communis) is a species of grass native to Brutland and Norden. It is also known as Denmark grass, however, it did not come from Denmark, nor does it grow in Denmark. The species is entirely native to Brutland and Norden; however, thick stands of it grow in the grants of Borcenna and Campodania, sites of the original Danish colonization of Norden. The Nordanes also have a predilection for the plant; hence it is also found widely in the grants of Cortel and Mecco, where the Nordanes were resettled after being defeated by the Spanish and the French in Norden.
Perennial, the culms stout, up to 3 m high; leaf blades narrow, glabrous, 30-90 cm long, 5-12 mm broad, tapering at length to a fine point, the margins scabrous; panicle usually contracted, 22-37 cm long, the branches whorled, fragile, jointed, ascending, appressed, 5-7.5 cm long; spikelets paired, about 4 mm long, similar, one sessile, one stalked, falling entire at maturity, 2-flowered, the upper floret of sessile spikelet alone perfect, the others either female or sterile, the glumes with minute, prickly, wart-like projections, the glume of stalked spikelet almost smooth.
The redgrass grows widely in Brutland and Norden, but is cultivated and desired much in northwestern and southern Norden, where Nordanes live.
Uses and Precautions
A relative of the lemongrass, the redgrass has a fragrance, with its essential oil used in perfumery, folk medicine, and in the traditions of the Nordanes. It is also used in Nordane cuisine, as a substitute for lemongrass.