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Backhousia citriodora.jpg
Backhousia citriodora foliage and flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Backhousia
Hook. & Harv.[1]

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Backhousia is a genus of thirteen species of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae.[1] They grow naturally in the rainforests and seasonally dry rainforests of eastern Australia.[1]

They are aromatic shrubs or trees growing to 5–25 m (20–80 ft) tall, with leaves 3–12 cm (1.2–4.7 in) long and 1–6 cm (0.4–2.4 in) broad, arranged opposite to each other.


This listing was sourced from the authoritative Australian Plant Census and Australian Plant Name Index as of June 2014.[1] For taxa further afield outside Australia, for example species in New Guinea, this list may be incomplete.

Formerly included here


  1. ^ a b c d "Backhousia%". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) database (listing by % wildcard matching of all taxa relevant to Australia). Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 26 Apr 2013. 
  2. ^ Ford, Andrew J.; Craven, Lyndley A.; Brophy, J. J. (2005). "Backhousia enata A.J.Ford, Craven & J.Holmes (Myrtaceae), a new species from north-eastern Queensland". Austrobaileya 7 (1). pages 121–127, fig. 1, map 1. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Harrington, Mark G.; Jackes, Betsy R.; Barrett, M. D. et al. (2012). "Phylogenetic revision of Backhousieae (Myrtaceae): Neogene divergence, a revised circumscription of Backhousia and two new species". Australian Systematic Botany 25: 409–414. doi:10.1071/sb12015. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Bean, A. R. (2003). "Backhousia oligantha (Myrtaceae), a new species from Queensland". Austrobaileya 6 (3). pages 533–536, fig. 1, map 1. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mystery Tree April 2010; Update 2012 Backhousia tetraptera" (website). The Society for Growing Australian Plants Townsville Branch Inc. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Paul G.; O'Brien, M. M.; Quinn, Chris J. (2000). "Anetholea (Myrtaceae), a new genus for Backhousia anisata: a cryptic member of the Acmena alliance". Australian Systematic Botany 13 (3): 429–435. 
  7. ^ Craven, Lyndley A.; Biffin, Ed (2005). "Anetholea anisata transferred to, and two new Australian taxa of, Syzygium (Myrtaceae)". Blumea 50 (1): 157–162. doi:10.3767/000651905x623346. Retrieved 16 May 2013.