Rutaceae  Juss., nom. cons.

pronounced: roo-TAY-see-eye

the lemon family

Ruta lemon blossomlemon blossomwas the Roman name for the herb rue, the type genus of the family. The family consists of woody shrubs and trees, and a few herbs. Many members bear spines. The leaves contain oil glands that are usually aromatic when crushed. The flowers are radially symmetrical, usually bisexual, and usually fragrant. There are commonly 4 – 5 sepals, more-or-less fused at the base or united into a cup. There are usually 4 – 5 petals, and they are usually free. There are generally the same number of stamens as there are petals, or twice as many. The ovary is superior, with usually 4 – 5 carpels, unilocular, with 2 – several ovules per locule. There is usually a nectariferous disk. The fruits are variable.

Acronychia laevis - Hard Aspen

Bergera koenigii (syn.) - Curry Leaf Tree

Citrus hystrix - Kaffir Lime

Citrus japonica - Kumquat

Citrus latifolia - Tahitian Lime

Citrus limon - Lemon

Citrus reticulata 'Imperial' - Imperial Mandarin

Citrus sinensis - Orange

Euodia elleryana (syn.) - Euodia

Fortunella japonica (syn.) - Kumquat

Geijera salicifolia var. latifolia - Broad-leafed Scrub Wilga

Melicope elleryana - Euodia

Melicope rubra - Little Evodia

Micromelum minutum - Lime Berry

Murraya koenigii - Curry Leaf Tree

Murraya paniculata - Orange Jessamine

Photograph © Donald Simpson 2011

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