Rutaceae

 

 

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Genera : 150

Species: 900 - 1,500

Distribution: Warm temperate and tropical regions, with the greatest diversity in Australia and South Africa.

 

Economic Uses: The family is of great economic importance as the source of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and tangerines. The aromatic oils are also used medicinally.

Defining Features of Interest: The family is distiguished from other families in the order Sapindales by the presence of the aromatic oil glands in its leaves.

 

Fossil Evidence: No known fossil record.