Indian sour orange hybrid
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 3/3/2008. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from H.S. Gentry, USDA Crops Research Division USDA-ARS, Beltsille, Maryland, 1954. Open pollinated seedling.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. From Karnataka, India.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to March
Notes and observations:
12/22/1987, EMN: Found at an elevation of 3000-3500 feet, with rainfall of 65 inches a year. It was a slender treelet with long trunk; leaves with winged petiole. All stages of fruit from newly set dark purple to mature orange are on the tree at the same time now. Mature fruit is round, medium to dark orange in color, fairly small-about the size of a small sweet orange. Rind slightly rough, about like a navel orange. Rind of medium thickness; seedy; flesh orange, coarse, fairly juicy, sour. Could be a sour orange hybrid.
2/23/1988, EMN: Examined fruit in conference with Dr. Bitters. We don't know what the parentage of this is. Keep it as a Citrus species until more information becomes available.
3/3/2008, DK & TS: Tree very productive, ornamental; fruit oblate, with a flat bottom, medium in size; rind thin, medium orange color; mandarin aroma, with some sour orange flavor, sweet for a sour orange; new growth is purplish; small winged petioles.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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