Also known by the common names Mauritania grass and dis grass, it is a perennial plant belonging to the family of the Graminaceae, that are found on dry and sandy soil, typical in the Mediterranean area. It is a perennial plant with long, thin leaves and dentate margins. During Spring its blooms have a cob in the final part. The plant´s name derives (from Greek αμπελος = life e δεσμος = bond) from the fact that in ancient times the plant was used to tie grapevine. The long leaves are still used by artisans to cane chairs and make ropes. The ropes produced by the long leaves of the Ampelodesmos were were used to tie and form wheat sheaves. Due to the resistance of its leaves, this plant was sold to tuna fishing facilities, that built their nets with it. In some areas of Italy, the resistant stem is used to roll the dough of homemade pasta "fileda".

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  • Title: Ampelodesmos
  • Location: Agrigento, Italy, 37.290879,13.585206
  • Rights: Photo Archive Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi