Scientific name: Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr.

Common Names : Pomelo, Limau Bali, Limau Besar, Shaddock, Pummelo, Limau Betawi

Local name: Batabi lebu/Jambura





Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1988)

Kingdom        :Plantae

Division          :Magnoliophyta

Class               :Magnoliopsida

Subclass          : Rosidae

Order              :Sapindales

Family             :Rutaceae

Genus              : Citrus

Species            : C. maxima


Botanical Description of Pomelo



Habit: Perennial woody shrub


Root: Tap root system

Stem: Woody, branched, sparsely spiny

Leaf: Palmetely compound, unifoliate

Inflorescence: Axillary umbel cyme

Flower: pedicillate, complete, actinomorphic

Pomelo flower

Calyx: Sepal 4-5, gamosepalous, valvate

Corolla: Petal 4-5, polypetalous

Androecium: Stamen numerous, in many bundles

Gynoecium: Ovary superior, multilocular, syncarpous, placentation axile

Fruit: A hesperedium

Chromosome number: 2n=18,36



Red-Pomelo fruit




Economic Importance

  • Used as fruit
  • Its juice is also used as drink
  • The fruit is used as medicine in the treatment of influenza and catarrh

Table 1. Pummelo varieties developed by Horticultural Research Center, BARI, Joydebpur, Bangladesh; Germplasm Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, Bangladesh


Serial Number Name of Variety Developed by Year of Release Planting Season Yield
1 BARI Batabi Lebu-1 BARI 1997 June-September 20-22 t/ha
2 BARI Batabi Lebu-2 BARI 1997 June-September 12-14 t/ha
3 BARI Batabi Lebu-3 BARI 2003 June-September 30 t/ha
4 BARI Batabi Lebu-4 BARI 2004 September-October 15-16 t/ha
5 BARI Batabilebu-5 BARI 2017 September-October 10 t/ha
6 FTIP-BAU Jambura-2 (Misti) GPC, BAU 2006 May-August 20-25 t/ha
7 BAU Jambura-1 GPC, BAU 2006 September-October 20-25 t/ha



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