Attempting to identify a lime species

imawkward(z9b hz8 ss14 CA)November 2, 2011

We recently purchased our first home and with it came many trees. The lime tree is about 25 feet tall, because it has been growing taller to get to more light. The branches have many large thorns. The limes are a little bit larger than a golf ball, they are smooth until they mature, when they get slightly wrinkled looking, but nothing like a kaffir. The skin is thinner than a persian lime, but a little bit thicker than the key lime. They are bright green at first, then turn darker and finally turn yellow. When the limes are immature the flesh is pale green, but when the lime is ripe the juice becomes bright yellow, almost neon orange. The lime tree is in close proximity to a lemon tree. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?

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johnmerr(11)

Sounds like a Jamaican lime; what we in Guatemala call limon criollo. It was for many years the secret ingredient in Pepsi Cola...obviously, it is no longer a secret. Post a foto, if you can, of the tree and a closeup of the fruit inside and out, and a closeup of the leaf; with that someone here can surely give you a definitive answer.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 3:07PM
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imawkward(z9b hz8 ss14 CA)

Here is a photo of the fruit and the inside as well. I will include a picture of the leaves tomorrow during the day light hours.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mystery Lime

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 1:16AM
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johnmerr(11)

Imawkward,

Unable to follow that link; it just gets me to flicker without any way to find the foto.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 1:50PM
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imawkward(z9b hz8 ss14 CA)

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 2:09PM
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johnmerr(11)

Nice fotos; it is not the lime I thought it might be; I have no idea what it is; but I am sure someone on this site will know.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 2:55PM
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citrange2

Why do you call it a lime tree? It doesn't look much like a lime - what does it taste like?

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 4:03PM
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johnmerr(11)

The foto looks more like a mandarin; the abscence of a winged petiole pretty much rules out oranges.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 4:23PM
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justfigured(6)

Ragpur lime is actually a mandarin, and this picture looks similar. Does that flying dragon branch in the background originate from the tree or from another tree? I ask because a tree on flying dragon would have to work very hard to reach 25 feet.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 5:27PM
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imawkward(z9b hz8 ss14 CA)

I only refer to it as a lime, because we were told it was a lime. The original owner of the tree is no longer living, so it really could be anything. When left on the tree to ripen, the fruit splits open when it turns yellow.

The taste is very tart, but not like a lemon. I'm not sure how else to explain it.

The branch is from the same tree, but I'm pretty sure it's just a sucker that was allowed to continue to grow. The tree is so tall it stretches above my house.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 6:29PM
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imawkward(z9b hz8 ss14 CA)

While I can't confirm anything, I think a few of you have hit the nail on the head. I think this isn't a lime at all. Hopefully I can get some fully ripened fruit to find out for sure.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 11:44AM
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