Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February
|Common name ||finger lime|
|Scientific name ||Citrus australasica F.Muell.|
|Etymology || |
Genus: Greek, citrus, the Latin name for the citron.
|Distribution || |
Occurs in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales.
|Native habitat ||Rainforest.|
|Description ||A medium to large shrub or small tree.|
|Flowering/fruiting ||White or pale pink flowers appear in late summer and autumn. These are followed by edible, elongated fruits which ripen in winter through to spring. |
Location in Garden
You can find it in the Fruit Loop where we display plants which are used in some way by Australians.
It is hardy in tropical to temperate climates in well drained conditions. Plants are usually slow growing and seedlings may take from 5 to 15 years to reach maturity. The stems are protected with vicious thorns, wearing gloves and long sleeves is recommended when harvesting fruit.
The fruit may be green, yellow, black, purple or red with green, yellow or pink pulp and has recently become popular as a gourmet bush food.
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