Lemon grass

Lemon grass

Scientific name: Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf 






Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)


Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
Genus Cymbopogon
Species citratus


Botanical Description of Lemon grass

Habit: A tall, aromatic, perennial grass.

Lemon grass

Root: Fibrous root system

Stem: culms (stems) up to 2 m tall.

Leaf: Linear, up to 1 m long and 2 cm wide, tapering towards the sheath. They are smooth and hairless, white on the upper surface and green beneath.

Flower: The inflorescence is a loose, nodding panicle, about 60 cm long and reddish to russet in colour. The pedicels (stalks of the spikelets) are tinged with purple.

Economic Importance

Used as spices

Used as medicine


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