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citronella,

common name for a grass, Cymbopogon nardus, the source of oil of citronella, used in perfumes and soaps and as an insect repellent. The plant, with bluish green, lemon-scented leaves, is cultivated in Java and Sri Lanka. Citronella is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Poaceae.

citronella

[‚si·trə′nel·ə]
(botany)
Cymbopogon nardus. A tropical grass; the source of citronella oil.

citronella

1. a tropical Asian grass, Cymbopogon (or Andropogon) nardus, with bluish-green lemon-scented leaves
2. the yellow aromatic oil obtained from this grass, used in insect repellents, soaps, perfumes, etc.
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Burn Java citronella oil in an oil burner or citronella incense sticks instead.
Extracted from citronella grass, which is in the lemongrass genus (Cymbopogon), the oil has a lemony scent that repels insects.
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The patches are a mix of essential oils, including citronella, that claim to have a repelling effect on mosquitoes.
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Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), juniper and several species of basil have been shown to be effective against mosquitoes.
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We recommend a citronella collar because the sound of the hiss of the spray and the smell of the citronella are both aversive.
Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) family: Gramineae It is grown commercially in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Indonesia and Java.