We are following the treatment given in GRIN, but the Flora of China[
] has moved this species to Atalantia buxifolia (Poir.) Oliv.[
Atalantia bilocularis (Roxb.) Wall. ex Skeels
Atalantia buxifolia (Poir.) Oliv.
Citrus buxifolia Poir.
Limonia bilocularis Roxb.
Sclerostylis buxifolia (Poir.) Benth.
Common Name: Chinese Box Orange
Cultivated plant at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL USA
Photograph by: David Stang
Severinia buxifolia is a spiny, evergreen shrub or small tree with a dense crown; it can grow up to about 2.5 metres tall[
The plant is esteemed for its leaves in China, where it is used to make yeast cakes[
]. The plant is sometimes cultivated for this purpose in China[
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines.
Forests and thickets near the ocean, at elevations up to 300 metres in southern China[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Certain broad-leaved forms growing near the seashore at Da Nang (Tourane) in South Vietnam (Lat. about 16° N.) have shown not only great vigour under cultivation, but also high resistance to boron and injurious saline solutes[
The leaves are used in the preparation of yeast cakes[
The plant can be used as a rootstock for Citrus spp. It is sufficiently distantly related to be quite immune to several Citrus diseases, and is also able to grow in saline and boron-rich soils that are usually unsuitable for Citrus spp.[
The white wood is hard[
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