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Cymbopogon citratus Lemon grass Serai sayur Gramineae

Cymbopogon citrates, Lemon grass, Serai, Serai sayur

Cymbopogon citrates, Lemon grass, Serai, Serai sayur

This valuable grass, believed to have originated in India, forms a dense clump of long, gray-green leaves reaching as much 6 ft (1.8 m) high, though mostly smaller.
It is rarely known to flower in cultivation, much less produce seed.
The crushed or bruised leaves have a strong lemon fragrance but are very tough and inedible; it is the fleshy white bases of the shoots that are used in Southeast Asian cooking, collected and used fresh.
The leaves can be used fresh or dried to make a herbal tea.
Cultivation: Their main requirement is a climate with a long summer growing season, and a well-drained, light-textured but fertile soil.
Propagate from seed or by division of clumps.