African Plant Database

Citrus ×aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Protologue : J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 3(18): 465 (1913)
Information on the genus : Citrus
Basionym : Limonia aurantifolia Christm.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Limonia aurantifolia Christm. (1777)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Citrus depressa var. voangasay (Bojer) Bory (1804)
=Citrus voangasay Bojer (1837)
=Citrus ×limon var. abyssinica Riccob.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Much branched tree to 5m,usually with numerous short sharp spines;leaves ovate-elliptic,4-8x2-5cm,crenulate,petiole narrowly winged;flowers white,small, petals c.1cm long;fruit±ovoid,3,5-6cmØ,peel thin,green-yellow,difficult to remove,pulp green,acid.
Ecology : Widely cultivated in E part of Africa for jam and perfume, in Ethiopia up to 2500 m alt.; also found there naturalized in e.g. riverine bushland. In Angola: cultivated and escaped Figueiredo & Smith, Pl. Angola: 154, 2008).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 126 (1985).
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Record n°90370 modified 2013-12-12
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