Large leaf Australian wild lime
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from D.J. Hutchinson, Orlando, Florida, 1967.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Cleopatra mandarin.
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Year round
Season of flowering at Riverside: February to May
Notes and observations:
Seed collected in the wild in Australia & New Guinea. Seed lot #853.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
" Leaves broadly oval or lanceolate, or with cuneate bases and more or less acute or even caudate at the apex, 8-18 X 4-10 cm, with very numerous, parallel, lateral veins arising at an angle of 60°-80° with the midrib; petioles very short, 4-8 mm long, wingless, not articulated with the blade; flowers small (as in other species of Microcitrus) but reported by Bailey to be odorless; stamens free but much more numerous (over 30!) than in the other species of Microcitrus; fruit oblong or elliptical (somewhat lemon-shaped), 5-6.5 X 3-3.5 cm, with a conical base, segments 8, on drying sometimes showing ribs corresponding to the walls separating the segments; pulp-vesicles stalked like those of other species of Microcitrus, rather loose; seeds small, somewhat pear-shaped, 6-8 X 4-5 mm.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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