Citrus pennivesiculata (Lush.) Tanaka

Citrus pennivesiculata (Lush.) Tanaka

CRC 2434
PI 38388


Received as possibly as seed from the CPB, 1930.


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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Not commercially available in California.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Citrus pennivesiculata


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.
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