|Latin Name :||Cymbopogon citratus/flexuosus|
|English Name :||Lemongrass|
|French Name :||Citronnelle des Indes, verveine des Indes|
|Family :||Poaceae or Gramineae|
|Origin :||India, Africa, Antilles|
History and Origin
The Cymbopogon family includes around 50 species native to Asia but some were introduced and naturalised since a long time in the intertropical world because of their excellent aromatic, culinary and medicinal virtues. It’s a perennial tropical plant growing in a hot and humid climate. Its leaves are long and thin, with cutting edges, rough and pale green- grayish. It grows in dense clumps. It’s allowed to grow for 3 to 4 years, and then the plant is collected 3 times a year. The separation is made through vegetative propagation process by dividing the clumps. Medicinal properties are known since the days of the Egyptians and the Romans.