4410.030 Fortunella Swingle

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Usually unarmed shrubs or small trees. Leaf petiole margined or narrowly winged; blades entire, underside paler green, densely gland-dotted. Flowers 1-3 in leaf axils, fragrant; buds triangular in cross-section; petals usually 5, white. Fruit a hesperidium, ovoid or oblong, skin thick, sweet, flesh section 3-7; pulp mildly sour. Seeds ovoid 0-2 per section.

Derivation of name: after Robert Fortune (1812-1880), English traveller, who introduced the first Kumquat to Europe in 1846.

Worldwide: Four to five species from East Asia and the Malay peninsula.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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japonica (Thunb.) Swingle

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Fortunella
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Fortunella
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Fortunella
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Fortunella
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iNaturalist: Fortunella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Fortunella
JSTOR Plant Science: Fortunella
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Fortunella
Plants of the World Online: Fortunella
Tropicos: Fortunella
Wikipedia: Fortunella

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Fortunella.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2224, retrieved 23 June 2024

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