Spanish lime


Spanish lime is native to Colombia and Venezuela. It reaches a height of 85 feet, with a smooth grayish trunk 3 or more feet in diameter. The leaves are composed of two pairs of leaflets, each up to 5 inches long, the space between them sometimes occupied by a wing or membrane. Flowers are minute but are grouped in numerous terminal spikes about 4 inches long, generally male and female on separate trees. Fruits are generally up to 1.5 inches long, the pulp is sweet and juicy. It flowers mainly during spring and fruits mature mostly during summer. The generic name means honey fruit. The species name means double-yoked, in reference to the two pairs of leaves.

The photographed tree is a male specimen located west of the old Agricultural Sciences greenhouse, near the main entrance to the university. There’s a female tree at the Research and Development Center.

Melicoccus bijugatus (Sapindaceae)