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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/12/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/12/2013)
Species Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Ind. 173. 1768.
Synonym Citrus medica var. limon L., Sp. PI. 782. 1753. TYPE: (LINN, not seen).
Description Small trees to ca. 6 m high, heavily armed with numerous axillary spines 5-27 mm long. Leaflets elliptic to oval, obtuse to retuse and abruptly acuminate apically, broadly cuneate basally, the margins crenulate and somewhat revolute, 43-115 mm long, 17-60 mm wide; petioles narrowly margined, but not winged, 5-7 mm long, ca. 1 mm wide, articulated with the leaflet. Flowers not seen in the Panamanian specimen. Fruits at maturity ovoid, mammillate apically, light yellow, 5-10 cm long, acid, the peel not easily separating from the segments.
Habit trees
Distribution The lemon apparently is native to northeastern India, northern Burma, and southern China. Citrus limon was introduced into the New World by Columbus in 1498. It is grown commercially in Chiriqui.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Cultivated, Barro Colorado Island, Croat 10134, 10767 (both MO); Shat- tuck 86, 719 (both MO).
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