Mary Ellen sweet lime

Citrus limettioides Tan.

CRC 4053
PI 654842
VI 625


Received as budwood from Mexico, via Raul Gonzales of Lindcove Research and Extension Center, 2000.


Parents unknown. From Valley of the Yaquis, Sonora, Mexico.

Rootstocks of accession

Yuma Ponderosa lemon

Season of ripeness at Riverside

Unknown at this time.

Notes and observations

C. limettiodes, is a newly-selected lime originating in Mexico where similar fruits are referred to as “lima dolce.” The mature tree is medium-large with a spreading habit.  The flowers are pure white and the new leaves are bright green.  The fruits are small, round to slightly oval with a smooth pale green to greenish-yellow rind at maturity.  The flesh is pale yellow, tender and juicy, and has a few seeds.  The flavor is insipid due to the lack of acidity in the fruit, but is appealing to some.  


Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection ProgramClick here to order budwood.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Mary Ellen sweet lime


Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC.
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