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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: Meliaceae
Subfamilia: Melioideae
Tribus: Trichilieae
Genus: Owenia
Species: O. acidula – O. capitis-yorkii – O. cepiodora – O. cerasifera – O. reliqua – O. reticulata – O. venosa – O. vernicosa – O. xerocarpa

Owenia F.Muell.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Owenia (Meliaceae). .

Owenia is a genus of plants, mainly trees in the family Meliaceae. They are dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants.[2] They are endemic to Australia and fairly widespread across the continent. There are five species in the genus, living in conditions ranging from wet rainforest to the verges of the desert.

One species, Owenia cepiodora, is rare, and is renowned for having freshly cut bark that smells of onions. Its common name is onion cedar or bog onion.

The species recognised at the Australian Plant Census include[3]

Owenia acidula
Owenia cepiodora
Owenia reliqua
Owenia reticulata
Owenia vernicosa


Mueller, F.J.H (1857). "On some New Genera of Australian Plants, discovered during the progress of the North Australian Exploring Expedition ; by Dr. F. Mueller, Botanist to the Expedition, and Colonial Botanist at Victoria". Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany. Reeve, Benham, and Reeve. 9 (1857): 303.
Pennington, T. D.; Styles, B. T. (1975). "A Generic Monograph of the Meliaceae". Blumea. 22: 419–540.
"Vascular Plants APC - Owenia". Australian Plant Census. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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