Cymbopogon flexuosus (East Indian lemon grass)
Lemon grass, Cochin Grass, Malabar Grass, East Indian lemon grass
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Cymbopogon flexuosus is an aromatic, evergreen, clump-forming perennial grass producing numerous, erect stems up to 3 metres tall from a short, thick rhizome.East Indian lemongrass is one of the two main sources of lemongrass essential oil. The plant is often cultivated, both in gardens and commercially, for this oil which has a multitude of uses as a food flavouring, in perfumery, medicinal etc.
- Features – It is an aromatic, evergreen, clump – forming perennial grass producing numerous, erect stems up to 3 metres tall from a short, thick rhizome. This grass grows in dense clumps that can grow to 6 ft. in height and about 4 ft. in width, although it commonly has seen much smaller. Leaves are strap – like, 1.3 to 2.5 cm wide, to 3 ft. long, and have gracefully drooping tips.
- Moisture & Soil – It needs full sunlight with well drained soil with medium watering at the temperature of 40 Degree F with any organic fertilizers
- Special Character – East Indian lemongrass is one of the two main sources of lemongrass essential oil. The plant is often cultivated, both in gardens and commercially, for this oil which has a multitude of uses as a food flavoring, in perfumery, medicinal etc.,
- Fruits & Flowers – the flowers are arranged in terminal panicles. The flowers are highly modified without identifiable structures such as the calyx or corolla. Each flowering unit is a spikelet at the base of which are 2 yellow – brown structures called glumes. The spikelets are in pairs. The lower spikelet is pedicellate with the pedicel covered with pubescence, while the upper spikelet is sessile. In each spikelet there are 2 flowering structures each is subtended by 2 additional structures (lemma and palea). The lower unit is fertile and has 3 unfused stamens and a superior ovary with a single locule and seed. The palea of the fertile spikelet has an awn to 8 mm in length. The upper unit is sterile. The fruit is a caryopsis at maturity.