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🔎 Lemongrass – Definition and Explanations


Lemongrass from India
Classic classification
Reign Plantae
Division (Division is a law of composition which associates the product of the first with two numbers…) magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae
Gender Cymbopogon
Binomial name (In taxonomy (botany, zoology, etc.), the binomial name, or binomial, comes from the…)
Cymbopogon citratus
(DC.) Stapf, 1906
Phylogenetic classification (Phylogenetic classification is a system for classifying beings…)
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
Taxa of rank ( Mathematics In linear algebra, the rank of a family of vectors is the dimension of the…) inferior

The lemongrassWhere lemongrass from India or Madagascar or Javais a herbaceous plant (A herbaceous plant has at least one of these characteristics: flower, leaf, branch or…) tropical plant of the Poaceae family (grasses), cultivated for its stems and leaves with aromatic qualities (to taste (For the faculty of judging beautiful things, see Taste (aesthetics)) of lemon). It contains citronellol.

Scientific name : Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf, family Poaceae, subfamily Panicoideaetribe of Andropogoneae.

Common name: lemongrass, grass (We call grass, in a broad sense, any annual or perennial, non-woody plant, making…) lemon (The lemon is a citrus fruit, fruit of the lemon tree. The lemon tree (Citrus limon) is a shrub of 5…)Indian verbena, fragrant rush. from: Zitronengras, en: lemongrass, es: zacate limón.


Plant (Plants (Plantae Haeckel, 1866) are multicellular beings at the base of the…) herbaceous plant with long, linear, erect leaves, 90cm at 2m long, with rough and sharp edges, of color (Color is the eye’s subjective perception of one or more wave frequencies…) rather pale bluish green. Stems hollow, bulbous at base, wrapped in leaf sheath.

Perennial plant by its rhizomes.


Plant native to south (South is a cardinal point, opposite to north.) from India. It is also found in different regions of theAfrica (With an area of ​​30,221,532 km2 including the islands,…) and West Indies (The Antilles are a vast archipelago located in the Caribbean Sea. The archipelago forms a…).


Collect stems (the greenest ones) in an exotic supermarket. Plunge one to three into a large glass (Glass, in everyday language, means a hard, fragile material or alloy…) ofwater (Water is a ubiquitous chemical compound on Earth, essential for all…) with a micro drop offertilizer (Fertilizers are substances, usually mixtures of elements…) liquid (The liquid phase is a state of matter. In this form, matter is…) and leave toshadow (A shadow is a dark area created by the interposition of an opaque object (or only…). Small rootlets will form after about ten days (The day or the day is the interval which separates the sunrise from the sunset; it is the…).

Neighboring plants

The genus Cymbopogon includes about fifty species originating in Asia but some of which have been introduced and naturalized for a very long time in everything (The whole understood as the whole of what exists is often interpreted as the world or…) the world (The word world can refer to:) intertropical because of their excellent culinary and medicinal aromatic abilities. The trade names of C. citratus are Indian lemongrass and Indian verbena. She would indeed be of Indian origin. The so-called Ceylon lemongrass is the most marketed in the world and is extracted from C. nardus(L.) Rendle. Java lemongrass corresponds to the species C. winterianus. The names lemongrass, gingergrass and palmarosa refer respectively to C. flexuosus, C. martinii var. Sofia and C. martinii var. motia.

Indian lemongrass should also not be confused with other “lemongrass”:

  • the thyme (Thymus is a genus of plants (commonly called thyme or wild thyme) in the family of…) lemon, also called citronella;
  • lemon verbena, an aromatic plant from the family of Verbenaceae.
  • lemon balm, medicinal plant (A medicinal plant is a plant used for its properties…) and aromatic of the family of Lamiaceae.
  • The aurone lemongrass, aromatic plant of the family of Asteraceae.


Plant not hardy in climate (Climate is the statistical distribution of atmospheric conditions in a…) temperate. It is necessary to protect it from freezing during the bad season (The season is a period of the year which observes a relative constancy of climate and…). Lemongrass requires relatively abundant watering. A moist substrate with a sandy tendency, preferably slightly enriched, will guarantee optimal growth. It can be grown in full earth (Earth is the third planet in the Solar System in order of distance…) or potted without any problem.

Multiplication (Multiplication is one of the four operations of elementary arithmetic…) by division of tufts spring (Spring (from the Latin primus, first, and tempus, time, this season once marking the…). Harvest after a few month (The month (From lat. mensis “month”, and formerly in plural “menses”) is a period of time…). We take the base of the stem (The stem is in plants, the axis generally aerial, which prolongs the root and…).


The base of the fresh stalks, sliced ​​and chopped, is used to flavor raw vegetables, salads, marinades, soups… It is a traditional ingredient of the kitchen (Cooking is the set of techniques for preparing food with a view to their…) from South East (Southeast is the direction halfway between the south and east cardinal points. Southeast is…) of the’Asia (Asia is one of the five continents or part of the supercontinents Eurasia or Afro-Eurasia of the…) (India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia (Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia (in Indonesian Republik…)…). Thai or Vietnamese cooks use the stalks of lemongrass to give a lemony taste to their dishes. We only eat the most tender part of this “fragrant rush”, i.e. 6 to 7cm from the base. Remove the outer leaves and cut off both ends of the stem – use the center. It is best to cut the lemongrass into large chunks so that they can be easily removed after cooking.

At north (North is a cardinal point, opposite to south.) from Morocco, it is used to flavor tea green (Green is a complementary color corresponding to light that has a wavelength…) to the mint (Mints are a genus (Mentha) of perennial herbaceous plants in the family of…). Its dried leaves are also widely used in Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese cuisines for marinades of fish (In the classical classification, fish are aquatic vertebrate animals…) or grilled meats. It is also found fresh in some French recipes.

She goes well with the ginger (Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a species of plant native to Asia which is used…)the coconut (The coconut is the fruit of the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), one of the representatives of the family…)garlic, shallot and chilli pepper (The term pepper (green, yellow, orange or red vegetable) is a vernacular name used in…).

We also extract one essential oil (We call essential oil (or sometimes vegetable essence) the concentrated liquid and…) used as mosquito repellent.

It is increasingly used by bartenders for the development of creative cocktails.

In Central Africa, citronella is most often planted around houses because its smell repels mosquitoes.

planting lemongrass in your garden limits the presence of chiggers.

The properties listed in aromatherapy (Aromatherapy (etym: Latin “aroma”, Greek…) essential oil of Cymbopogon citratus are: vasodilator, digestive tonic, anti-inflammatory (An anti-inflammatory is a medicine to fight inflammation.) and sedative. It is indicated in cases of digestive and hepatic insufficiency, cellulitis, arteritis and neurovegetative dystonia (disorder of the the nervous system (The nervous system is a networked system made up of sense organs, brains, etc.) visceral). In concentrated form, it is irritating in use (Usage is the act of making use of something.) external.

The properties of the essential oil of Cymbopogon nardus are: Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic (An antiseptic, also called antibacterial, is a substance that kills or prevents…) aerial, insect repellent (mosquitoes), antispasmodic (digestive), anti-inflammatory. Its indications are: spastic colitis and enterocolitis (Enterocolitis is an inflammation of the small intestine or colon resulting in…) infectious (intestinal pain), pelvic pain, rheumatism, arthritis (Arthritis (from the Greek arthron: joint) is an acute or chronic inflammation of the…). No contraindications are known to physiological doses.