Murraya L.

Mock Orange

Commemorating J.A. Murray (1740–91), editor of Linnaeus’ Systema Vegetabilium (1774).

Spineless trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, pinnate, gland-dotted and with a terminal leaflet. Flowers solitary or in axillary or terminal clusters. Calyx 5-parted, petals 4 or 5. Stamens 8 or 10. Fruit a berry.

Grown for the neat foliage and fragrant flowers.


Leaves of M. koenigii are used in curries, the wood for furniture, the roots for a sweet-scented powder, and the oils in soaps; it is also used locally as a medicine.

Flowers white; sepals and petals 5; fruit a berry.

4 species from Indomalesia to the Pacific.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rutaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. 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      Sapindales
family       Rutaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Murraya paniculata (L.) Jack.