|Backhousia citriodora, garden specimen, in flower|
Backhousia citriodora (common names lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood) is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, genus Backhousia. It is endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and south-eastern Queensland, Australia, with a natural distribution from Mackay to Brisbane. Other common names are sweet verbena tree, sweet verbena myrtle, (lemon scented verbena is another species), and lemon scented backhousia.
lemon myrtle (usually uncountable, plural lemon myrtles)
- An Australian shrub or small tree, Backhousia citriodora, used for the strong lemon fragrance and flavor of its leaves.