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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/22/2012)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/22/2012)
Species CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS (DC.) Stapf
PlaceOfPublication Kew Bull. Misc. Inf. 1906:322. 1906.
Description Densely tufted perennial, seldom if ever flowering in American Tropics; culms erect in large clumps from short rhizomes, commonly 1-2 m. high with numerous leafy sterile shoots; sheaths crowded at the base, elongate, glabrous, the lower ones often of nearly equal length, auriculate, the auricles fused with the margins of the ligule; blades as much as 1 m. long, 5-15 mm. wide, attenuate to a fine point, gradually narrowed to a long almost petiole-like base, scabrous, especially on the margins, the midrib rather strong toward the base; inflorescence 30-60 cm. long, drooping.
Common Lemon grass Te limon
Common Zacate limon
Distribution Cultivated throughout tropical America; introduced from India or Ceylon.
Note Tea made from the leaves is used for colds, fevers, and various ailments. This plant is the source of part of the lemon-grass oil of commerce.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: between France Field, Canal Zone, and Catival, Colon, Standley 30I66.
 
 
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