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    Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver (derived from Tamil), is a perennial grass of the Poaceae family, native to India. In western and northern India, it is popularly known as khus or khus-khus , giving the earlier English names cuscus, cuss cuss, kuss-kuss grass, etc. Vetiver has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Old Tamil literature mentions the use of vetiver for medical purposes.