Lemon Grass
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Lemon Grass
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Lemon Grass, Oil grass, West Indian lemon grass • Hindi: गंधत्रिण Gandhatrina • Manipuri: ꯍꯥꯑꯣꯅꯥ Haona • Marathi: Olecha • Tamil: கர்ப்பூரப்புல் Karppurappul • Malayalam: Vasana Pullu • Telugu: Nimmagaddi • Kannada: Majjigehullu • Bengali: গংধবেনা Gandhabena • Konkani: Oli-cha • Gujarati: લિલિચા Lilicha • Sanskrit: Bhustrina • Tangkhul: Keyarphei
Botanical name: Cymbopogon citratus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Lemon Grass is a fragrant herb which is increasingly being used in teas, beverages, herbal medicines, and Eastern inspired soups and other dishes. This grass grows in dense clumps that can grow to 6 ft in height and about 4 ft in width, although it commonly seen much smaller. Leaves are strap-like, 1.3-2.5 cm wide, to 3 ft long, and have gracefully drooping tips. The evergreen leaves are bright bluish-green and release a citrus aroma when crushed. The fragrant leaves are the part that is used as flavoring. Leaves are steam distilled to extract lemongrass oil. The lemon grass plants rarely produce flowers. In fact, there are many cultivars which never flower. Lemon grass is native to India, Sri Lanka and South-East Asia. It is found growing naturally in tropical grasslands. It is also extensively cultivated throughout tropical Asia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.

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