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Simmondsiaceae or Jojoba Family
Simmondsiaceae or the jojoba family is a family disputed by differing taxonomic authorities. For some, the family is a single species, Simmondsia chinensis, Jojoba which was previously included in the family Buxaceae.
In North America, Plant.USDA.gov reports that Simmondsiaceae has 1 genus and 1 species, Simmondsia chinessis. The Plant List shows 2 accepted species names.
Jojoba is a spanish name and this species is also called Coffee Berry, Deer Nut, Goat Nut, Gray Box Bush, Pignut, Quinine Nut and Wild Hazel.
Jojoba is an economically important plant grown commercially in the southwest where chemicals are extracted from its seeds and made into a liquid wax.