Boronia

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Boronia
Boronia fraseri,
Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, NSW
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Sapindales
Family:Rutaceae
Genus:Boronia
Sm.
Species

See text

 
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Boronia
Boronia fraseri,
Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, NSW
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Sapindales
Family:Rutaceae
Genus:Boronia
Sm.
Species

See text

Boronia is a genus of about 90-100 species of evergreen shrubs of the tribe Boronieae in the family Rutaceae. They are found all over Australia.

Boronias generally grow in open forests and woodlands. They are only rarely found in rainforests or arid areas, though some unusual species have recently been described from the northwest of Western Australia.

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Selected species

Taxonomy

The genus was first described by James Edward Smith in 1798.[1] The species once described as genus Cyanothamnus by John Lindley, in A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony, was later given to an section of the same name in this genus.

Cultivation and utility

Boronias are known for their perfumed flowers, especially B. megastigma. Unfortunately, they are generally somewhat difficult to grow in cultivation. All species require excellent drainage and part shade.

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Smith, J.E. (1798) Tracts Relating to Natural History: 288, t. 4, 5, 6, 7 (APNI)

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