The Rutaceae are herbs, shrubs , and trees with glandular punctate , commonly strongly smelling herbage comprising about 150 genera and 1,500 species that are further characterized by the common occurrence of spines and winged petioles . The leaves are alternate or opposite, simple or palmately or pinnately compound , or sometimes heathlike or reduced to spines; stipules are absent. The flowers are often sweet-scented, nearly always bisexual , and are actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. The calyx consists of 3-5 distinct or basally connate sepals and the corolla consists of 3-5 distinct or sometimes connate petals or rarely the petals are lacking. The androecium consists of distinct or sometimes connate stamens that are commonly obdiplostemonous , that is in two whorls with the outer whorl opposite the petals. However, sometimes there may be (1)3-4 whorls or rarely up to 60 stamens. The gynoecium consists of a single compound pistil of commonly 2-5 or more, often incompletely connate carpels that may be united only basally or apically, either one or an equal number of styles, and a superior ovary with usually 2-5 or more locules, each bearing 1-several axile ovules. Generally, an intrastaminal nectary disk is situated between the stamens and the ovary. The fruit is variable. -- Gerald Carr.
. Leaves simple
, alternate, glandular-punctate. Flowers polygamous, clustered in terminal
panicles. Calyx 4-5-partite. Petals 4-5, oblong
. Stamens 4-5. Ovary 2-5-locular; style stout or absent, stigma 2-5-lobed. Fruit a drupe, fleshy
A genus of 7 or 8 species distributed in the Himalayas, E. Asia, Japan and Phillipine Islands. The genus has a strong musky smell.
- Whittaker & Margulis,1978
- Haeckel, 1866
- Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Vascular Plants
- Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Brongniart, 1843
- Takhtajan, 1967
- Takhtajan, 1967
- Dumortier, 1829
- Suborder: Rutineae ()
- Order: Sapindales () - Dumortier, 1829
- Superorder: Rutanae () - Takhtajan, 1967
- Subclass: Rosidae () - Takhtajan, 1967
- Class: Magnoliopsida () - Brongniart, 1843 - Dicotyledons
- Infraphylum: Radiatopses () - Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Subphylum: Euphyllophytina ()
- Phylum: Tracheophyta () - Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - Vascular Plants
- Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae () - Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Kingdom: Plantae () - Haeckel, 1866 - Plants
An accepted name in the RHS Horticultural Database.
Members of the genus Skimmia
ZipcodeZoo has pages for 7 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:
S. japonica (Japanese Skimmia) · S. japonica 'Formanii' (Japanese Skimmia) · S. japonica 'Fructo-Albo' (Japanese Skimmia) · S. japonica 'Rubella' (Japanese Skimmia) · S. japonica 'Thereza' (Japanese Skimmia 'thereza') · S. reevesiana (Reeves Skimmia) · S. 'Olympic Fire' (Skimmia 'olympic Fire')
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- Bulletin of miscellaneous information /Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 1917 1917 London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1900-1941. url p. 302.
- Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45 2003 Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1890- url p. 360, p. 577.
- Brands, S.J. (comp.) 1989-present. The Taxonomicon. Universal Taxonomic Services, Zwaag, The Netherlands. Accessed January 16, 2012.
Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 16, 2008:
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 5864070
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility Taxonkey: 15830582
- Globally Unique Identifier: urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:775226-1
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 1880350