Backhousia Hook. & Harv.

Commemorating James Backhouse, 19th century English nurseryman and Quaker missionary.

Trees or shrubs. Leaves opposite and with prominent venation. Flower clusters axillary or terminal. Flowers 4- or 5-parted. Sepals often prominent and petal-like, persistent on the fruit. Stamens numerous, free, in several rings. Ovary half-inferior, 2-chambered, with few ovules. Fruit thin-walled, indehiscent or schizocarpic; seeds 1-2.

Grown for the dense and often highly aromatic foliage containing strongly aromatic oils, and attractive flowers.

8 species endemic to Australia.

Seed or cuttings.

Sepals spreading and papery, persistent in fruit; leaves sometimes similar to those of Acmena and Syzygium.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Backhousia citriodora F.Muell.
species         Backhousia myrtifolia Hook. & Harv.