Scientific name: Citrus aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle

Synonym: Limonia aurantifolia

Local name: Lebu, pati lebu, kagojilebu







Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1988)

Kingdom        :Plantae

Division          :Magnoliophyta

Class               :Magnoliopsida

Subclass          : Rosidae

Order              :Sapindales

Family             :Rutaceae

Genus             : Citrus

Species            : Caurantiifolia

Botanical Description of Lime

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, white

Lime flower

Calyx: Sepal 4-5, gamosepalous, valvate

Corolla: Petal 4-6, oblong

Androecium: Stamen numerous (20-40) filament white

Gynoecium: Ovary superior, multilocular (9-15 celled)

Fruit: A hesperidium

Lime fruitWP_20160819_10_14_51_Pro

Chromosome number: 2n=18, 27

Economic Importance

  • Used as appetizer
  • Used as medicine in the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence nausea and irritation of skin
  • Leaves are used as flavoring agent
  • Lime oil is used as flavoring and perfumery

Lime variety released by BAU

FTIP-BAU Kagozi lebu-1

BARI Kagzi Lebu-1


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