|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Perennial, shrubs, trees, very aromatic, sometimes thorny
Leaves generally alternate, simple to pinnately compound (sometimes reduced to spines), prominently oil-gland-dotted; stipules 0
Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, or flowers solitary, generally bracted
Flower generally bisexual, generally strongly aromatic; sepals generally 5, free or fused at base, generally persistent; petals generally 5, free or fused at base, generally whitish or greenish; stamens generally 24 X petal number; ovary generally superior, generally lobed, chambers generally 45, ovules generally many
Fruit: berry, drupe, winged achene, or capsule, generally aromatic
Seeds generally oily
Genera in family: ± 150 genera, ± 1500 species: especially tropical, warm temp, especially s Africa, Australia; used or cultivated for food (Citrus , 50 species), perfume, medicine, timber, ornamental (Choisya, Skimmia , etc.).
Some TOXIC: oils may promote localized sunburn or produce dermatitis.
Leaves pinnately or ternately compound
Inflorescence: panicle or cluster, erect, terminal
Flower: petals 45, wavy to fringed; stamens 8 or 10 in 2 series; ovary chambers 45
Fruit: capsule, 45 lobed at top, sometimes indehiscent
Seeds several, angled
Species in genus: 7 species: nw Africa islands, Medit, sw Asia
Etymology: (Latin: the classical name)
Cult for ornamental, flavoring, medicine.