The value of esparto for the manufacture of high-class printing and medium quality writing paper is well known.
Alfa, al′fa, n. an African name for esparto grass—also spelt Halfa.
Nowadays a much wider outlet has been found for esparto grass, and it is grown artificially.
There is some trade in sawn timber and cloth; esparto fabrics, alcohol and oil are manufactured.
The decline of the esparto grass industry led to no little unrest among some of the native tribes of northern Africa.
esparto grass, also called alfa, grows in Spain and the northern part of Africa.
(C) esparto is frequently bleached by the “steeping” process.
The district is famous for its melons, and also produces wine, olives, wheat and esparto grass.
The production of esparto pulp by bacteriological fermentation is an idea of later date.
The latter had a rope about his neck made of Spanish esparto, his arms stretched out and his hands tied to a stick.