Lime Berry
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Lime Berry
E Native Photo: Jatin Vaity
Common name: Lime Berry, Limeberry, Sweet lime • Kannada: ಅರಮರಲು Aramaralu, ಕಾಡುಕಿರಿನಿಂಬೆ Kadu kirinimbe
Botanical name: Triphasia trifolia    Family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Synonyms: Limonia trifolia, Triphasia javanica, Limonia diacantha

Lime Berry is a spiny evergreen shrub, rarely a small tree, growing up to 3 m tall. Leaves are trifoliate, glossy dark green, each leaflet 2-4 cm long and 1.5-2 cm broad. Flowers are white, with three petals 1.0-1.3 cm long and 4 mm broad. The fruit is a red, edible, 1.0-1.5 cm in diameter, similar to a small Citrus fruit. The fruit flesh is pulpy, with a flavor reminiscent of a slightly sweet lime. It is grown for its edible fruit, and has been widely introduced to other subtropical to tropical regions of the world; it has become naturalized on a number of islands in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Lime Berry is native range to Bangladesh to Papuasia and Marianas. In India it is found only in Nicobar islands.

Identification credit: Jatin Vaity Photographed in Dattaji Salvi Udyan, Thane, Maharashtra.

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