Chrysopogonzizanioides, commonly known as vetyveris a perennial bunchgrass of the Poaceae family, native to India.
Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots. In perfumery, the older French spelling, vetyver, is often used. Worldwide production is estimated at about 250 tons per annum. Due to its excellent fixative properties, vetiver is used widely in perfumes. It is contained in 90% of all western perfumes. Vetiver is a more common ingredient in fragrances for men.
Vetiver oil or khus oil is a complex oil, containing over 100 identified components.