Cymbopogon nardus

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Cymbopogon nardus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Cymbopogon
C. nardus
Binomial name
Cymbopogon nardus

Cymbopogon nardus, common name citronella grass, is a perennial aromatic plant from the family Poaceae, originating in tropical Asia.

  • It is the source of an essential oil known as "citronella oil".
  • Cannot be eaten because of its unpalatable nature.
  • Is an invasive species that renders pastureland useless as cattle will starve even in its abundance.

Ethnobotanical uses

Essential oils are extracted from the aerial parts, and are applied topically as an insect repellent.



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