Boronia megastigma

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Boronia megastigma
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Scientific classification
B. megastigma
Binomial name
Boronia megastigma

Boronia megastigma is a species of shrub in the citrus family known by the common name brown boronia.

This is one of several species of Boronia cultivated for its intense, attractive scent. It is the main Boronia source of essential oils, while its relative Boronia heterophylla is more often harvested for use as an aromatic cut ornamental. B. megastigma is a small shrub approaching a meter in maximum height. The narrow, thick, linear leaves are arranged in whorls about the thin stem branches. They are dark green and glandular, and are scented, but it is the flower of the plant which is coveted for its oils. All of the organs of the flower contain oil glands and their activity is greatest while the stigma is receptive to pollen, which suggests that production of scent may serve to attract pollinators such as insects.[1] In the wild plant, each flower is about a centimeter wide and shaped like a cup which is brown or dark reddish-purple externally and bright yellow inside.

There are several cultivated varieties which bear flowers of different colors. The two main aroma compounds of the oil of this species are β-ionone and dodecyl acetate.[2] The oil is used in perfumes and as a food additive that enhances fruit flavors.

Over-exploitation in natural habitat areas of Southwest Western Australia has caused re-examination of over cropping in the wildflower industry[3][4][5]

Plantations and cultivation have occurred in numbers of places outside of the natural habitat[6]


  1. ^ Bussell, B. M.; Considine, J. A.; Spadek, Z. E. (1995). "Flower and volatile oil ontogeny in Boronia megastigma". Annals of Botany. 76 (5): 457–63. doi:10.1006/anbo.1995.1120.
  2. ^ Plummer, J. A., et al. (1996). "Selection of Boronia for Essential Oils and Cut Flowers." p. 602-609. In: J. Janick (ed.), Progress in New Crops. Arlington: ASHS Press.
  3. ^ Thomson, J. A (1969), Boronia survey 1969 plans folder, Forests Dept, retrieved 26 May 2016
  4. ^ Christensen, P; Western Australia. Forests Department; Western Australia; Skinner, P; Christensen, P (1978), The ecology of Boronia megastigma (Nees.) in Western Australian forest areas, Forests Dept, retrieved 26 May 2016
  5. ^ Western Australia. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management; Goble-Garratt, E; Keating, C (1988), Report on the distribution and commercial utilisation of Boronia megastigma with some comment on Boronia heterophylla : prepared for the Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management, [The Authors], retrieved 26 May 2016
  6. ^ Blaesing, Doris; Peterson, Lee; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Australia); Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Australia). Essential Oils and Plant Extracts Program (2002), Methodology and viability of re-establishing commercial Boronia megastigma plantations : a report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, RIRDC, ISBN 978-0-642-58406-9

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