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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Citrus fruits

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   Citrus fruits belong to these categories: Beverages, Food crops
   and originated in South East Asia

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CITRUS

Citrus sinensis Osbeck (Rutaceae) - the sweet orange.

First given its scientific name by Pehr Osbeck in 1765.

Originally from South-East Asia, most citrus species are chance hybridisations and recombinations of several wild genomes, and are thus no longer wild species.

Life form: tree.

Parts used: edible fruit; oils from fruit peel and leaves; leaves used in Oriental cooking.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Citrus sinensis Osbeck - Sweet Orange)