Aerva javanica (desert yearning) is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae family. It has a native distribution incorporating much of Africa (including Madagascar), and the south-west and south of Asia. The plant is herbaceous, multi-stemmed, soft-wooded, with broad leaves; it often has an erect habit. The plant has naturalised in northern regions of Australia, as an alien introduction, and is cultivated and utilised by the indigenous peoples. The seedheads are harvested for their soft fibres, rubbed between the palms and used as kapok for pillows.
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