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Brown River finger lime

Citrus wintersii (=Microcitrus papuana) , the Brown River finger lime, is a shrub native to the Brown River region in Papua-New Guinea. It was previously known as Microcitrus papuana. It has, as the "finger" name suggests, a small, thin fruit, pointed at both ends. It grows near Port Moresby.

A curious citrus-like shrub, 1m - 2.4 m tall, growing naturally in the transition area between eucalyptus savanna and tropical rain forest at the Forestry Station, Brown River, Central District, Papua New Guinea.

Leaves very variable on individual plants. 15mm to 28mm long, 2mm to 6mm wide, medium to dark green.

Fruits cylindric, slightly curved, abruptly beaked at apex and abruptly narrowed at base, 5-8 cm long, 1.0-1.3 cm thick at broadest part, green to yellow at full maturity, 3-5-celled, each cell usually containing 5 seeds.
Fruits with strong odor of limes when crushed.

Branchlets when young are minutely pubescent and angular.

  • Category Citrus
  • Genus Citrus
  • Species wintersii
  • Families Rutaceae
  • Habit Shrub
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Flower Raceme
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period December / November / October / September / August / July / June / May / April
  • Form Tree
  • Colore Fiori Bianco
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Colore Frutti Verde   Giallo
  • Parfumed yes
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium / Low / little water
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
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