Femminello Ovale lemon
Citrus limon L. Burm.f.
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 4/8/2011, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from Acireale, Sicily, Italy, 1962.
Parentage/origins: Thought to have been derived from the Santa Teresa lemon.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Crop well distributed throughout year but mostly in late winter and spring.
Notes and observations:
This was seedling #2; no record whether single or double seedling. Note by visitors from Italy, 1985: This is a major Italian variety.
12/2/1987, EMN: Fruit examined- a market type lemon.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit of medium size, short elliptical; rounded at base or very faintly necked; nipple low and blunt (much less prominent than in Sfusato); seeds comparatively few and mostly rudimentary. Color yellow at maturity. Rind medium-thick; surface finely pitted with depressed oil glands, moderately smooth; tightly adherent. Segments about 10; axis of medium size and solid. Flesh tender, juicy, and very highly acid. Crop well distributed throughout year but mostly in late winter and spring.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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