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Homosassa sweet orange (CRC 1696)

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck RUTACEAE

 

CRC 1696

PI 539591

Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.

 

Source: Received as seed from progeny in 1924 nursery, 1927.

 

Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. Reported to be a seedling selection inthe orchard or Mr. Yulee at Homosassa, Florida.

 

Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange

 

Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to March

 

Notes and observations:

Largest seedling of 93 Homosassa seedlings in 1924 nursery.

2/08/1988, EMN: A typical mid-season, seedy sweet orange. This and CRC 292 appear alike.

 

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):

"  Fruit medium-sized, subglobose to ellipsoid; base evenly rounded to slightly collared and basal area somewhat furrowed; apex evenly rounded; areolar furrow indistinct or lacking; moderately seedy.  Well-colored at maturity.  Rind medium-thick, smooth, and finely pitted.  Flesh medium-tender, juicy; flavor good.  Midseason in maturity.
      Tree vigorous, large, productive, and hardy.
      According to Webber (1943), Homosassa is one of the oldest Florida varieties, having originated as a seedling selection in the orchard of a Mr. Yulee at Homosassa.  The selection must have been planted not later than 1865, for in 1877 the Variety Committee of the American Pomological Society recommended it as a first-class variety.  It was extensively planted for some decades, and there are old orchards still in existence.  Like certain other Florida varieties, however, Homosassa is of indifferent quality in arid climates and has not achieved commercial importance elsewhere. "

Availability: Not commercially available in California.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Homosassa sweet orange (CRC 1969)

 

 


 

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