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Australian finger lime

Citrus australasica, the Australian finger lime or caviar lime, is a thorny understorey shrub or small tree of lowland subtropical rainforest and rainforest in the coastal border region of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.

It has edible fruits which are under development as a potential new commercial crop. The plant is 2–7 m (6 ft 7 in–23 ft 0 in) in height. Leaves are small, 1–6 cm (0.39–2.36 in) long and 3–25 mm (0.12–0.98 in) wide, glabrous, with a notched tip and crenate towards the apex. Flowers are white with petals 6–9 mm (0.24–0.35 in) long. The fruit is cylindrical, 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) long, sometimes slightly curved, coming in different colours, including pink and green.

 

  • Category Citrus
  • Genus Citrus
  • Species australasica
  • Families Rutaceae
  • Habit Shrub
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Flower Corymb
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period December November October June May April March February January
  • Form Espalier Fitocella Inverted cone Tree Grown as shrub / bush
  • Color Flower / Leaves / Fruits Green Pink White
  • Parfumed yes
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid Light sandy Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun Medium shade / Half shade
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