Experimental Lemongrass Plots in Amani

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R. R. Le G. Worsley,
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The lemongrass oil of commerce is derived mainly from Cymhopogon flexuosus Stapf and is largely East Indian in origin. C. citratus Stapf also yields lemongrass oil, but with slightly different characteristics; insolubility in 70 per cent alcohol being the chief difference. This latter is the species in cultivation in East Preliminary work showed that C. citratus grew prolifically at Amani, could be cut about once a month, gave a good yield of oil and had a good citral content. I there- fore had a plot of the grass planted out in 1934 for regular harvesting and distillation. This plot had an area of 1.2 acres, on a fairly steep slope of poor, well-drained soil, and the grass tuft!; were spaced 3 x 3 ft. Later, in1936, another plot of 0.1 acres on level ground with fairly rich soil was planted with grass spaced only 9 x 9 in.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 6, p. 180-180