Cleo, Chota, Billi Kichili
Citrus reshni hort. ex Tanaka RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from CRC 1461, Riverside, Calif., 1961.
Parentage/origins: Open pollinated seedling.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Year-round
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Citrus reshni Hort. ex Tan. —This species is the chota or billi kichili of India and the Cleopatra mandarin of the United States. The tree is attractive, round-topped, symmetrical, and thornless, with small, dark-green leaves. The fruit is orange-red, small, oblate, and highly depressed at the apex, with thin, somewhat rough rind. The flesh texture is soft and juicy and the flavor is somewhat acid. Seeds are small, polyembryonic, and have green cotyledons.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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