In just the same way as rice straw, the name ‘rice root’ is incorrect for this particular fibre, as the material for rice root brushes does not come from a rice plant, but instead from a grass type called zatacon, which grows as a wild plant in the Mexican highlands. The incorrect name probably derives from the Spanish word ‘raiz’, which means ‘root’. In fact the extremely tough plant fibre comes from the finely corrugated roots of this plant, and is used for very hard scouring brushes.
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