Citrus pennivesiculata (Lush.) Tanaka
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as possibly as seed from the CPB, 1930.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.Obtained from Mr. P. Morange, Director of the Botanical Gardens, Saigon, Indo-China.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
A very distinct citrus species which resembles pomelo as foliage and in the fruit. Named after the town of Moi in Indo-China.
EMN, 1985: This accession had exocortis and possibly seedling yellows, removed by shoot tip grafting (STG 132-2).
2/16/1988, EMN: A large, rough rinded, chubby pyriform fruit. Yellow at maturity but many fruits are yellow on the north side and green on the south side at this time; also many smaller green fruits on tree (late bloom and/or off-bloom?). Leaves have fairly wide petioles; young growth and flower buds are dark purple. Moderately thick rind; seedy, flesh is almost pure white, with a slight greenish tint; coarse, dryish, sour. This accession and CRC 661 appear identical.
"Native name 'Catmon.' A very ornamental shade tree indigenous throughout the Philippine Islands. The fruit consists of five distinct united carpels; it is acid and is extensively used by the natives for flavoring fish."
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