Andropogon distans Nees ex Steud.
Andropogon nardus distans (Nees ex Steud.) Hack.
Cymbopogon distans is an evergreen, clump-forming, perennial grass with erect to ascending culmd growing 50 - 100cm tall. The plant becomes shortly rhizomatous with age, slowly spreading to eventually form moderate-sized clumps[
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as a medicine and essential oil.
E. Asia - central and southern China (Gansu, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan), Pakistan, Nepal, northwest India
Mountain slopes, valleys, open grassy places; 2,000 - 3,500 metres[
]. The dominant grass on dry rocky hot slopes; at elevations between 900 - 1,200 metres in India.
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Cymbopogon distans is native to warm temperate and subtropical regions of China.
Species in this genus generally grow best in a sunny position in a moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Many of them are found in dry soils in the wild[
The essential oil is used medicinally[
A lemon-scented essential oil is extracted from this species for medicinal and industrial purposes[
Seed - surface sow or only just cover, sowing the seeds in a nursery seedbed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots at the 3 - 4 leaf stage and grow on until large enough to plant out. Seed can also be sown in situ, but this often results in heavy weed infestation[
Division of established clumps. This is best done annually or they can become too crowded and suffer. The offshoots of this species often fail to establish[
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