Citrus macroptera (PROSEA)
Citrus macroptera Montr.
- Family: Rutaceae
- Melanesian papeda, ghost-lime (En)
- Malaysia: limau hantu
- Thailand: som o phee (Yala).
Widely distributed in Thailand, Indo-China, the Philippines, New Guinea, New Caledonia and Polynesia.
The juice is used to prepare refreshing drinks. The fruit is used to prepare a substitute for soap to wash clothes and to prepare a shampoo. It is valuable as a rootstock for cultivated citrus.
- Tree, up to 5 m tall with straight spines.
- Leaves broadly ovate-lanceolate, up to 30 cm × 6-7 cm, with broadly winged petioles.
- Fruit a subglobose berry, 6-7 cm in diameter, pale yellow.
Two varieties are distinguished: Kerr's Thailand papeda (C. macroptera var. kerrii Swingle) occurring in Thailand, Vietnam and China; and Annam papeda (C. macroptera var. annamensis Tanaka) occurring in Indo-China. Many hybrids with other Citrus species are known.
- Reuther, W., Webber, H.J. & Batchelor, L.D. (Editors), 1967. The Citrus industry. Revised ed. 4 Volumes. Division of Agricultural Sciences, University of California.