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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Rutaceae
Subfamilia: Aurantioideae
Tribus: Aurantieae
Subtribus: Citrinae
Genus: Atalantia
Species: A. acuminata – A. ceylanica – A. citroides – A. dasycarpa – A. fongkaica – A. guillauminii – A. hainanensis – A. henryi – A. kwangtungensis – A. macrophylla – A. monophylla – A. racemosa – A. rotundifolia – A. roxburghiana – A. simplicifolia – A. wightii

Atalantia Corrêa (1805), nom. cons.

Type species: A. monophylla DC.


Corrêa da Serra, J.F. 1805: Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 6: 383, 385-386.

Atalantia is a genus of flowering plants in the citrus family, the Rutaceae.[2][3]


The genus is placed in the subfamily Aurantioideae, which also includes the genus Citrus.[4] It has been placed in the tribe Aurantieae and subtribe Citrinae, which are known as the citrus fruit trees.[2][5] Atalantia and the genus Citropsis are also called near-citrus fruit trees.[2]

As of September 2021, Plants of the World Online accepted the following species:

Atalantia acuminata C.C.Huang
Atalantia armata (Thwaites) Guillaumin
Atalantia buxifolia (Poir.) Oliv. ex Benth.
Atalantia ceylanica (Arn.) Oliv.
Atalantia citroides Pierre ex Guillaumin
Atalantia dasycarpa C.C.Huang
Atalantia fongkaica C.C.Huang
Atalantia guillauminii Swingle
Atalantia henryi (Swingle) C.C.Huang
Atalantia kwangtungensis Merr.
Atalantia lauterbachii (Swingle) Govaerts
Atalantia linearis (Blanco) Merr.
Atalantia macrophylla (Oliv.) Kurz
Atalantia monophylla DC.
Atalantia paniculata Warb.
Atalantia racemosa Wight ex Hook.
Atalantia retusa Merr.
Atalantia rotundifolia (Thwaites) Yu.Tanaka
Atalantia roxburghiana Hook.f.
Atalantia sessiliflora Guillaumin
Atalantia simplicifolia (Roxb.) Engl.
Atalantia stenocarpa Drake
Atalantia wightii Yu.Tanaka


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Papilio polymnestor, the blue Mormon, a large swallowtail butterfly from South India and Sri Lanka can be found near Atalantia. Phyllocnistis citrella, the citrus leafminer, is a moth of the family Gracillariidae whose larvae are considered a serious agricultural pest on citrus species, such as Atalantia. Macaldenia palumba is a moth of the family Noctuidae whose larvae feed on Atalantia.

The 1889 book The Useful Native Plants of Australia records Atalantia glauca, common names native kumquat and desert lemon. The fruit is globular, and about half-an-inch in diameter. It produces an agreeable beverage from its acid juice.[6]
See also

List of Rutaceae genera


Corrêa da Serra, J.F. 1805: Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 6: 383, 385-386.
Swingle, W. T., rev. P. C. Reece. Chapter 3: The Botany of Citrus and its Wild Relatives. In: The Citrus Industry vol. 1. Webber, H. J. (ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. 1967.
Yahata, M., et al. (2006). Production of sexual hybrid progenies for clarifying the phylogenic relationship between Citrus and Citropsis species. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 131(6), 764-69.
Appelhans, Marc S.; Bayly, Michael J.; Heslewood, Margaret M.; Groppo, Milton; Verboom, G. Anthony; Forster, Paul I.; Kallunki, Jacquelyn A. & Duretto, Marco F. (2021). "A new subfamily classification of the Citrus family (Rutaceae) based on six nuclear and plastid markers". Taxon. doi:10.1002/tax.12543.
Citrus Variety Collection. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. University of California, Riverside.
J. H. Maiden (1889). The useful native plants of Australia : Including Tasmania. Turner and Henderson, Sydney.

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