Thornless Mexican lime
Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC, 11/03/2009. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Marcy Ranch, Tustin, CA, 1937.
Parentage/origins: Apparently a bud sport from a regular Mexican lime tree.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to December
Notes and observations:
EMN, 11/9/1987: Original Marcy Ranch trees purchased from Frank May, a nurseryman who is reported to have imported the budwood from Mexico. Fruit similar to that of Mexican lime, but tree characters suggest that it may be a hybrid. Fruit compared with Mexican lime fruit- it is very similar, virtually indistinguishable.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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