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Cymbopogon refractus

Plant Family


Alternative Common Names

Tufted perennial, clump forming without stolons or rhizomes, warm season grass, usually 30 -100cm tall. The stems of the grass are to 1 m in height and branching at the nodes. The nodes are purplish and hairless.

Leaves - basal and on the stems, hairless and when crushed gives off a lemon-ginger scent.

Flowers - arranged in collections on a 10–45 cm long stem with clusters of short, nearly hairless branches which bend downwards when mature, giving the flowers a barbed-wire appearance. The spikelets are paired, one stalked the other unstalked.

Flowering spring to autumn.


Widespread on poor soils of roadsides, native pastures, woodlands and forests.


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