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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: Amyridoideae
Genus: Boronia
Sectiones: B. sect. Alatae – B. sect. Algidae – B. sect. Boronia – B. sect. Imbricatae – B. sect. Valvatae

Species: B. adamsiana – B. alata – B. albiflora – B. algida – B. alulata – B. amabilis – B. amplectens – B. anceps – B. angustisepala – B. anomala – B. baeckeacea – B. barrettiorum – B. beeronensis – B. bella – B. boliviensis – B. bowmanii – B. capitata – B. chartacea – B. citrata – B. citriodora – B. clavata – B. coriacea – B. corynophylla – B. crassifolia – B. crassipes – B. cremnophila – B. crenulata – B. cymbiformis – B. cymosa – B. deanei – B. decumbens – B. dichotoma – B. duiganiae – B. edwardsii – B. elisabethiae – B. eriantha – B. ericifolia – B. excelsa – B. exilis – B. falcifolia – B. fastigiata – B. filicifolia – B. filifolia – B. floribunda – B. foetida – B. forsteri – B. fraseri – B. galbraithiae – B. glabra – B. gracilipes – B. grandisepala – B. granitica – B. gravicocca – B. grimshawii – B. gunnii – B. hapalophylla – B. hartleyi – B. hemichiton – B. heterophylla – B. hippopalus – B. hoipolloi – B. humifusa – B. imlayensis – B. inornata – B. interrex – B. jensziae – B. jucunda – B. juncea – B. kalumburuensis – B. keysii – B. koniambiensis – B. lanceolata – B. lanuginosa – B. latipinna – B. laxa – B. ledifolia – B. marcoana – B. megastigma – B. microphylla – B. minutipinna – B. mollis – B. molloyae – B. muelleri – B. nematophylla – B. obovata – B. occidentalis – B. octandra – B. odorata – B. oxyantha – B. palasepala – B. pancheri – B. parviflora – B. parvifolia – B. pauciflora – B. pilosa – B. pinnata – B. prolixa – B. pulchella – B. purdieana – B. quadrilata – B. quinkanensis – B. repanda – B. revoluta – B. rhomboidea – B. rivularis – B. rosmarinifolia – B. rozefeldsii – B. rubiginosa – B. rupicola – B. ruppii – B. safrolifera – B. scabra – B. serrulata – B. spathulata – B. splendida – B. squamipetala – B. stricta – B. suberosa – B. subulifolia – B. ternata – B. tetragona – B. tetrandra – B. thedae – B. thujona – B. tolerans – B. umbellata – B. verecunda – B. virgata – B. viridiflora – B. warrumbunglensis – B. wilsonii – B. xanthastrum – B. zeteticorum

Boronia Sm., Tracts 288. (1798) et Trans. Linn. Soc. 8: 285. t. 5-7. (1807)

Type species: Boronia pinnata Sm., Tracts 290. (1807) (Wilson, 1998)


Boronella Baill. (New Caledionia)

Primary references

Smith, J.E. 1798. Smith's Tracts 288.

Additional references

Duretto, M.F.; Wilson, P.G.; Ladiges, P.Y. 2013: Boronia. Pp. 124-282 in: Meliaceae, Rutaceae, Zygophyllaceae. Flora of Australia, (26) Reference page.
Duretto, M.F., Heslewood, M.M. & Bayly, M.J. 2020. Boronia (Rutaceae) is polyphyletic: Reinstating Cyanothamnus and the problems associated with inappropriately defined outgroups. Taxon 69(3): 481-499. DOI: 10.1002/tax.12242 ResearchGate Reference page.
Weston, P.H.; Carolin, R.C.; Armstrong, J.A. 1984. A cladistic analysis of Boronia Sm. and Boronella Baill. (Rutaceae). Australian Journal of Botany, 32(2): 187–203. DOI: 10.1071/BT9840187
Wilson, P.G. 1998. New names and new taxa in the genus Boronia (Rutaceae) from Western Australia, with notes on seed characters. Nuytsia 12: 119–154.


Boronia in: Australian Plant Census (APC) 2021. IBIS database, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria. Accessed: 2021 Feb. 6.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Boronia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Feb. 6. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. Boronia. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Feb. 6. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Boronia. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 6 2021.
Tropicos.org 2021. Boronia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Feb. 6.

Vernacular names
русский: Борония

Boronia is a genus of about 160 species of flowering plants in the citrus family Rutaceae. Most are endemic to Australia with a few species in New Caledonia, which were previously placed in the genus Boronella. They occur in all Australian states but the genus is under review and a number of species are yet to be described or have the description published. Boronias are similar to familiar plants in the genera Zieria, Eriostemon and Correa but can be distinguished from them by the number of petals or stamens. Some species have a distinctive fragrance and are popular garden plants.


Plants in the genus Boronia are nearly always shrubs although a very small number occur as herbs or as small trees. The leaves are usually arranged in opposite pairs and may be simple leaves or compound leaves with up to nineteen or more leaflets, in either a pinnate or bipinnate arrangement. The flowers are arranged in groups in the leaf axils or on the ends of the branches and have both male and female parts. There are usually four separate sepals, usually four separate petals and generally eight stamens. (In Zieria there are only four stamens, Eriostemon species have five petals and in Correa the petals are joined to form a bell-shaped tube.) There are four carpels with their styles fused and there are two ovules in each carpel.[2][3]
Boronia algida in Mount Buffalo National Park
Boronia imlayensis in Mount Imlay National Park
Taxonomy and naming

The genus Boronia was first formally described in 1798 by James Edward Smith and the description was published in Tracts Relating to Natural History.[4] The name Boronia honours Francesco Borone (1769 - 1794), Italian naturalist and plant collector, who assisted John Sibthorp in Greece and Turkey, Adam Afzelius in Sierra Leone and James Edward Smith during his European tour in 1787.[5][6][7]

Boronia, an outer suburb of Melbourne in Australia was named after a boronia found growing in the area.
Distribution and habitat

Boronias are found in all states and mainland territories of Australia and generally grow in open forests or woodlands, only rarely in rainforests or arid areas.[2][3]
Use in horticulture

Boronias, especially B. megastigma, are known for their perfumed flowers. Most are regarded as desirable specimens in the garden, however, many are difficult to grow in cultivation. All species require excellent drainage and part shade.[8]
See also

List of Boronia species


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Smith, James Edward (1798). "Tracts relating to natural history, pp. 301-305". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
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Quattrocchi, Umberto (1999). CRC world dictionary of plant names : common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. p. 327. ISBN 0849326737.
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