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Triphasia trifolia (lime berry; limeberry; limon-China; demon de China; limoncito)

Synonyms: Limonia diacantha; Limonia retusa; Limonia trifolia; Limonia trifoliata; Triphasia aurantiola; Triphasia diacantha; Triphasia javanica; Triphasia trifoliata

Wikipedia Abstract

Triphasia trifolia (syn. Limonia trifolia Burm. f., Triphasia aurantiola Lour.; also called limeberry, lime berry, or limoncitong kastila) is a species of Triphasia in the family Rutaceae, native to tropical southeastern Asia in Malaysia, the Philippines and possibly elsewhere.Triphasias are very close relatives of citrus.
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Invasive Species

Triphasia trifolia is a shrub that can grow up to 3 metres high. It has been introduced to many tropical and subtropical regions of the world where it is grown for its fruit. It is naturalised in many Pacific islands and can form almost impenetrable dense stands in the understorey.
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Height [1]  9.8 feet (3 m)
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Scent [1]  The berries are lemon-scented;
Structure [1]  Shrub
Usage [1]  The leaves are used as an aromatic bath; The leaves are used as cosmetics; A gum runs from the stem[240], though the report does not mention any uses for this gum.
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Anastrepha suspensa (Caribbean fruit fly)[3]
Coccus viridis (green coffee scale)[4]
Papilio demoleus (Checkered lime swallowtail)[5]
Papilio polytes (Common mormon swallowtail)[5]
Parlatoria proteus (common parlatoria scale)[4]


Caribbean; North America;



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1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Norrbom, A.L. 2004. Fruit fly (Tephritidae) host plant database. Version Nov, 2004.
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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