Origin of espartoSpanish from Classical Latin spartum from Classical Greek sparton, spartos from Indo-European base an unverified form sper-, to turn from source spiral
either of two kinds of long, coarse grass (Stipa tenacissima or Lygeum spartum) growing in Spain and N Africa, used to make cordage, baskets, shoes, and paper
also esparto grass
Either of two tough, wiry grasses (Stipa tenacissima or Lygeum spartum) of northern Africa and southern Europe, yielding fiber used in making paper and as cordage.
Origin of espartoSpanish from Latin spartum from Greek sparton rope
- Among later residents commemorated is Edward Lloyd, who was the first person to show the value of esparto grass for the manufacture of paper, and thus started an industry which is one of the most important in Algeria.
- The district is famous for its melons, and also produces wine, olives, wheat and esparto grass.
- Local industries include the manufacture of coarse cloth, esparto fabrics, oil and flour.
- From Cartagena the principal exports are metallic ores, esparto grass, wine, cereals and fruit.
- Esparto grass, which grows freely in the vicinity, is the spartum, or Spanish broom, which gave the town its Roman designation of Carthago Spartaria.