Citrus australis

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Citrus australisFamily: Rutaceae
Genus: Citrus
Common names: Native Lime
ALA reference

In September this tree was covered in flowers and it seemed that it was being pollinated very well by swarms of European honeybees. However it didn’t set many fruit and the few that it did set are now falling. This species is a noted bush tucker plant producing round rough-skinned fruit up to 6 cm in diameter. However the fruit here are only about 15mm in diameter and quite tasty but resinous and not very juicy. Only one fruit yielded a seed and this didn’t appear to be fully developed (although I did plant it). Given the lack of any seedlings surrounding this mature tree, I suspect it isn’t very fertile. (January 2008)

In my hunt for the elusive male Alchornea ilicifolia I found this mature Native Lime. It is a small tree about 7 metres tall with a dense crown of glossy dark green leaves and a sharp thorn at the base of most leaves. Right now it is covered in flowers and the noise from the visiting European honeybees is quite loud. It is a noted bush tucker plant producing round rough-skinned fruit (limes) up to 6 cm in diameter. It appears to be setting fruit as illustrated in the photo above. (September 2007)

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