Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.

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Citrus limon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Citrus limon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Citrus abyssinica (Engl.) Engl.
Citrus inaequalis (DC.) Benth.
Common names: Lemon-tree (English) Mundimu (Shona) Muremani (Shona)
Status: Introduced
Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves simple (1-foliolate) with a winged petiole. Flowers bisexual, (4)5-merous), white with numerous stamens. Fruit ovoid, many-seeded, fleshy with a thick slightly warty skin, green to yellow when ripe (the well-known lemon).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A regular, non-invasive escape along forest margins and in riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Native to Asia and widely cultivated as a fruit tree and occasionally naturalized.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio ophidicephalus chirinda (Food plant)
Papilio demodocus demodocus (Food plant)
Papilio dardanus cenea (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 January 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 249.


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Flora of Malawi: Citrus limon
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Citrus limon
Flora of Mozambique: Citrus limon
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Citrus limon
Flora of Zambia: Citrus limon
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Citrus limon
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Citrus limon

External websites:

African Plant Database: Citrus limon
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Citrus limon
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Citrus limon
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Citrus limon
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Citrus limon
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Citrus limon
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Citrus limon
Ispot Southern Africa : Citrus limon
JSTOR Plant Science: Citrus limon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Citrus limon
Tropicos: Citrus limon
West African Plants database: Citrus limon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Citrus limon., retrieved 27 October 2016

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