Citrus limonia Osb.
Mandarins and their hybrids
September – May
Lima Otaitensis owes its name to an historical confusion. Risso initially described it in 1813, to whom it came from Tahiti (Otaheite), and named it Citrus taitensis. Subsequently, Risso and Poiteau named it C. otaitensis, and finally, after further characterization, it was agreed that it was a cultivar of Rangpur, and hence his present scientific name. As with all so called Rangpur limes, it is not a lime, but an acid mandarin resulting from a cross between an old mandarin and a citron. The main difference of the Otaitensis cultivar with other Rangpur is that its juice is sweet, due to the absence of acid.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
It is a compact tree with dense, dark foliage. Its buds and flowers are purple, although the fruits are not acidic. Fruits of medium size among the Rangpur, oblate or spherical morphology and may have soft basal neck and apical mamelon. Orange flesh, very juicy, without acid, tasteless.
Cultivar with marked ornamental value. Fruits can be used to prepare sauces or desserts.