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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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Fortunella
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Fortunella
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fortunella
Wikipedia: Fortunella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Fortunella
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Fortunella

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Fortunella.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2224, retrieved 9 May 2021

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