Cymbopogon nardus

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Cymbopogon nardus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Cymbopogon
Species: C. nardus
Binomial name
Cymbopogon nardus
(L.) Rendle

Cymbopogon nardus, common name citronella grass, is a perennial of the Poaceae grass family, 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[edit]

Essential oils are extracted from the aerial parts, and are applied topically as an insect repellent. It has also very important medicinal value.