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Just a bit excited to find flowers on the rangpur lime. It's been just over 2 years since I sprouted the seed. I never thought I could grow a citrus tree from seeds.

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Comment by Valerie on August 2, 2021 at 6:48

Also, it has loads of seeds. So happy to share when it comes to fruition. 

Comment by Valerie on August 2, 2021 at 6:46

This is what the original fruit looks like at the front. Oranges at the back for comparison. The thorns are actually quite significant. It wasn't actually named as Rangpur more like a guess from picture in internet search. So open to identification. 

Comment by Christa on August 1, 2021 at 11:55

In Ian Tolleys citrus book, the Rangpur lime is a Citrus x limonia is cold tolerant, natural mandarin x lemon hybrid.  Multiple flowering produces acidic, slightly seedy fruit that can range from pale to dark green to reddish-orange at maturity. Fruit will hang on the tree all year round. 

The tree is naturally ornamental in form. It has a light purple tinge on new growth, slender limbs and insignificant small thorns. It is easily shaped and ideal as a tub specimen.  

I have a Kusaie lime. This is a smaller fruited form of Rangpur, but with a distinctly different flavour. In all other aspects it is identical.  We may have to swap seeds from these 2 plants.

I have a citrange plant from Coleby-Williams, and it is another elusive plant that is the grandparent of certain citrus varieties. The fruit of this citrange is quite edible according to him.  We will see.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on July 29, 2021 at 16:26

And now you are keeping it going. Well done!

Comment by Doug Hanning on July 29, 2021 at 15:27

Wow that awesome to have the provenance of the tree going back that far.

Comment by Valerie on July 29, 2021 at 14:17

Not my family but I was shown the story of the grandmother who came to Australia as an immigrant in 1910 and save a seed from a fruit in Portugal. That grew into a tree here in far North QLD and the subsequent seeds were passed on to my friend in Brisbane. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on July 29, 2021 at 9:08

Was the seed held by your family, Valerie? If it's a lime that looks like a mandarin and tastes like a lemon, it will be interesting to see how you use it.

Comment by Valerie on July 28, 2021 at 17:21

This is a true to seed that has been passed down the generations. It has a long history dating back to 1910. The original fruit looks like a mandarin but tasted like a lemon. 

Comment by Griffin C on July 27, 2021 at 17:56

I agree with Doug, it will be interesting to see what the fruit is like.

Comment by Doug Hanning on July 27, 2021 at 5:44

It will be interesting to see what the fruit is like!

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