Citrus australis—Native Lime—RUTACEAE

Citrus australis

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Habitat— In Dry Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Beenleigh district to the Gympie area in Queensland,

Description—Shrub or small tree.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Simple, entire, alternate with stiff axillary spines; elliptic to obovate, 0.5 to 5.5 cm long, margins entire or somewhat crenate towards the apex, hairless, dark green, dull with numerous prominent oil glands, aromatic when crushed. Juvenile leaves linear, petiole 1 to 6 mm long. Branches often zigzag.

Citrus australis
Citrus australis

Inflorescence.—On peduncles 1 to 3 mm long. Sepals about 1.5 mm long. Petals 6 to 9 mm long, white.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.— A berry, globose, 3 to 8.5 cm diam; green, rough–skinned like a lemon.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Autumn