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- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
Strausbaugh, Perry D. Formerly, Department of Botany, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Core, Earl L. Formerly, Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
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A tropical grass, Cymbopogon nardus, whose leaves can be distilled to provide oil of citronella. Citronella oil is pale yellow, inexpensive to produce and used often in perfumes and soaps. This essential oil is perhaps best known as an insect repellent. A large acreage is devoted to the cultivation of citronella grass (see illustration) in Java and Sri Lanka. See also: Cyperales; Essential oils
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