Microcitrus australasica

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 Microcitrus australasica subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Microcitrus australasica, Swingle (Citrus australasica, F. Muell.). Finger-lime. Spiny shrub or small tree, 15-30 or even 40 ft. in height, native to the mountain scrubs of N. New S. Wales and Queensland: juvenile lvs. very small, oval or ovate, on stiff spreading branchlets; mature lvs. small, obovate, cuneate or rhomboidal, ½−1½ X ½−¾ in.: frs. finger-shaped, 2½−4 x ¾−1 in., smooth-skinned. Ill. Wash. Acad. Sci. 5:572, figs. 1-4.—Young plants of the finger-lime are very ornamental, having successive tiers of horizontal spiny branchlets with juvenile foliage somewhat like a young araucaria. They flower and fruit when but a few years old. The finger-shaped frs. contain a rather disagreeably pungent acid juice. This species is promising for breeding purposes because of its hardiness. It is also promising for use as a hedge plant in warm climates because of its dense spiny branches, dwarf habit, and ability to grow from cuttings. A variety of this species (M. australasica var. sanguinea), the red-fruited finger-lime, has blood-red frs. with a pinkish pulp.

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