Plant: Citronella is a tall fragrant perennial grass, growing up to a height of 1 – 1.5 m.
Leaves: The leaves are sessile, simple, green, linear, equally arranged and can grow to an average size of 60 cm long x 2.5 cm wide. The leaf is glabrous, venation parallel with an acuminate apice and sheathing base.
Stem: There are no true stems. The leaf sheath is tubular and acts as a pseudo stem.
Root/rhizome: The tuber is stout, creeping, robust and creamish yellow in section.
PLANT PARTS USED: Leaves
USES IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
1. Stomach complaints: essential oil is rubbed topically for comfort.
2. Insect repellant: the dried or injured leaves used to ward off insects.
3. After childbirth wash: A decoction of the citronella leaves with Gendarussa and betel-pepper used.
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