Famiglia: Mandarini – Citrus Deliciosa
Nome botanico in latino: C. deliciosa
Disponibile mezzo fusto o cespuglio
Vaso di diametro 20 o 22 cm
This plant was originally from China but was brought first to England (in 1805) and then to Malta by the Englishman Abraham Hume; it then reached Sicily in 1810 thanks to Prof. G. Tineo who had it planted in the Botanical Gardens of Palermo. In 1816 Marchese Ruffi had a mandarin plant put in his garden in Capodimonte in Naples, where it was described in 1840 by Michele Tenore, director of the Botanical Gardens of Naples.
It is quite a vigorous plant with a rounded growth trend and expansive foliage; it is productive, but tends to alternate in production. It has small, narrow lanceolate leaves. The flowers are small, white and fragrant, and grow singly on the branches. The fruits are medium-sized and oblate (rounded with flattened ends). The thin skin is orange when ripe, and separates easily from the segments. The flesh is orangey-red, juicy, and fragrant, with many seeds. The fruit ripens early, between November and January. There is a bud mutation of this species, “Avana apireno” which is almost seedless.
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