Characteristics of Limeberry Tree (Triphasia trifolia) in the Wild
Published by Admin on 07/25/2020 In category Fruit Tree
Limeberry is a species of Triphasia plant from the Rutaceae family, originating from tropical Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Limeberry trees are still closely related to the citrus (Citrus). It has scientific or botanical synonym names that are still in use, such as Limonia trifolia and Triphasia aurantiola.
Common names used to refer to limeberry trees in English are Lime berry, Sweet lime, and Limoncitong castle. While in Indonesia he is known as Jeruk kingkit (Jawa), Kalijage, Kingkip (Sunda), Kingkit, Limau kiah, Limau kunci (Melayu), Jeruk rante (Madura), Lemo-lemo (Makassar dan Ternate), and Joji koyo (Tidore).
Limeberry trees have been widely introduced and cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world and have been naturalized on several islands in the Pacific Ocean.
This tree has been recorded as a potentially invasive species in several islands of the Indian Ocean, and along the coast of the United States from Florida to Texas and in the Caribbean.
In subtropical climates, limeberry trees must be stored in a greenhouse where they cannot stand frost.
Characteristics of Limeberry Leaf
The leaves are trifoliate, shiny dark green, each leaflet is 2-4 cm long and 1.5-2 cm wide.
Characteristics of Limeberry Flower
The flowers are white with three petals 10-10 mm long and 4 mm wide. At first glance, the leaves and flowers are similar to Orange jessamine (Murraya paniculata).
Characteristics of Limeberry Fruit
The fruit is green when still young and turns red when ripe. Limeberries are 10-15 mm in diameter and can be eaten.
Fruit flesh is smooth, with a flavor that resembles a lime, but a little sweeter.
Characteristics of Limeberry Tree
Limeberry trees grow in the form of thorny shrubs (rarely in the form of upright trees) and grow to a height of 2-3 meters.