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Genus: Cymbopogon

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are about 40 species worldwide (tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Australia) of which seven are native to southern Africa and one naturalised. Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass) is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Cymbopogon caesius

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Cymbopogon citratus

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Cymbopogon densiflorus

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Cymbopogon dieterlenii

 

Cymbopogon marginatus

 

Cymbopogon nardus (Citronella)

 

Cymbopogon prolixus

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Cymbopogon pospischilii

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass)

Native to tropical Asia.

 

 


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