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Syrian Rue (Peganum harmala)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Nitrariaceae
Genus: Peganum

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Peganum L. is a genus under the recently separated family Nitrariaceae (Sheahan & Chase 1996). Formerly it used to be included in the family Zygophyllaceae.

The genus has five species, occurring in warm temperate to subtropical regions across the world:


  • Sheahan, M. C. & Chase, M. W. (1996). A phylogenetic analysis of Zygophyllaceae R. Br. based on morphological anatomical and rbcL DNA sequence data. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 122: 279-300