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(dittany, or fraxinella), a genus of perennial herbs of the family Rutaceae. The odd-pinnate leaves resemble the leaves of the ash tree. The large pink, white, or lilac flowers are irregular and pentamerous; they are gathered in racemes. The fruit is a deeply five-lobed capsule.

There are six species (according to other data, two), distributed in the temperate and subtropical belts of Eurasia. D. albus grows in the southern Ukraine in steppes, in light forests, and amid shrubbery. D. caucasicus occurs in the southern European USSR and the Caucasus. The inflorescences produce a great deal of essential oil, and during hot weather the air around the plants can be ignited by a lighted match. Skin contact with the essential oil can result in burns. Young shoots are sometimes used as spice. D. albus is cultivated as an ornamental.

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The project must be audited and designed to determine whether a natural gas plant would result in sufficient savings to be worth building.
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In 2011, President Ahmadinejad inaugurated the phases 5 and 6 of another combined cycle gas plant in West Azarbaijan Province.
The gas turbines and generators on order are for the Wasit gas plant project, a large-scale gas processing project by Saudi state-run oil company Saudi Aramco.
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