Cymbopogon citratus

Scientific Name:Cymbopogon citratus   
Vernacular Name:cayicayi
Family name :Poaceae
Geographic Distribution:Pantropical and temperate regions.

Botanical Description

Lemon grass is a perennial grass of poaceae  family.

The strap-like leaves are0.5-2.5 cm wide, about 90 cm long and have gracefully drooping tips. The  evergreenleaves are bright bruish-green and release a citrus aroma when crushed. Leaf arrangement; most emerge from the soil, usuallt without a stem. The leaves aare simple, entire, linear, with parallel veins , fragrant of 90-150  cm long.


Medicinal Use

 Essential oil. Studies indicate that Cymbopogon citratus possesses various pharmacological activities, such as anti-amoebic, antibacterial, antidiarrheal, antifilarial, antifungal and ant-inflammatory properties


Other Use

The lemom  grass is used to flavor  food in southeast Asia. In Rwanda

                                  it is used to flavor tea and for fragrance.


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