RUTACEAE - Citrus Family

Shrubs and trees, often aromatic (from compounds called terpenoids)

Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, actinomorphic or rarely zygomorphic



Fruit - capsule, hesperidium, drupe, samara, schizocarp, follicle; edible citrus fruits are hesperidiums (leathery-skinned berry)



Diagnostic characteristics: shrubs and trees with aromatic oil glands, some spiny or thorny

Economic importance: Citrus - orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, citron; Fortunella - kumquat, Ruta - rue

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