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This article is about a plant genus. For the suburb in Melbourne, Australia, see Boronia, Victoria.
Boronia fraseri Glenbrook.jpg
Boronia fraseri,
Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, NSW
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Subfamily: Rutoideae
Genus: Boronia

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Cyanothamnus Lindl.

Boronia is a genus of about 90-100 species of evergreen shrubs of the tribe Boronieae in the family Rutaceae. They are found all over Australia.


Boronias generally grow in open forests and woodlands. They are only rarely found in rainforests or arid areas, though some unusual species have recently been described from the northwest of Western Australia.


The genus was first described by James Edward Smith in 1798.[1] The species once described as genus Cyanothamnus by John Lindley in A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony was later given to a section of the same name in this genus.

Species include:[2]

Cultivation and utility[edit]

Boronias are known for their perfumed flowers, especially B. megastigma. Unfortunately, they are generally somewhat difficult to grow in cultivation. All species require excellent drainage and part shade.


Boronia, Victoria in Australia was named after the plant.



  1. ^ Smith, J.E. (1798) Tracts Relating to Natural History: 288, t. 4, 5, 6, 7 (APNI)
  2. ^ Quattrocchi, U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. 1. A - C. CRC Press. 2000. pg. 327-28.