Varieties of Citrus Fruit (in Florida)

This incomplete list favors the most common varieties of citrus found in Florida, where I live. It is divided into types of fruit.


This is a big fruit, even for grapefruit. The skin is yellow with a greenish cast. Each segment has a cluster of seeds in the center. It is the source of most grapefruit juice sold in markets.
Marsh Red
For a grapefruit it is fairly large, round but flat at the ends. The smooth, yellow peel has a somewhat pink or red cast to it. The juicy flesh is also pink to red, with few seeds.
Marsh Pink
It looks very much like the Marsh Red except the color is more amber pink. It, too, is a juice grapefruit.
Marsh White
It looks like the other Marsh grapefruit, but with a smooth yellow skin. The flesh is generally seedless and quite juicy.


The fruit is medium in size and quite round. The thin, smooth peel is from deep yellow to orange in color. There are few if any seeds. It is an excellent source of juice.
One of the most popular varieties of orange. It is often quite large and round to oval in shape with a fairly thick and bumpy skin, which is easily removed. It be used in preparing other dishes because the segments can be separated easily,
Parsons Brown
This is a fairly large round orange with a peel that is light orange and bumpy to the touch. It often has a greenish cast. There are not many seeds and the juice is almost golden with a full orange flavor.
I've never tried this variety although it has a reputation for being quite sweet and juicy. They tell me it is orange in color with a bumpy skin and is a bit larger than the other varieties of orange.
This is another popular variety of orange, preferred because it can be eaten out of hand with few seeds to mar the experience. The fruit itself is medium in size with a peel that is deep orange in color. It can be peeled and sectioned quite easily. The flavor and aroma are both quite distinct.
I've never seen this variety except in the markets. It's popular because of it rich flavor and the absence of seeds. A good juicer, as well.

Tangelo (a cross of grapefruit with tangerine)

Mineola (also called Honeybell)
It can be larger than the Orlando variety with almost a bell shape. I haven't had this one either.
The fruit tends to be large with a light to dark orange color. The skin is not as thin as the tangerine, but it peels easily. It makes a great juice.


This fruit is fairly small with an orange to red peel that can be removed easily. I enjoy it because the skin can be removed without mess or fuss. The flesh is sweet with quit a heady aroma.
Another smallish tangerine with a light orange skin, which is also easy to remove. It gets its name from the rich sweet flavor of the flesh. This is another citrus with a heady aroma that just adds to the taste.
It is a fairly large fruit with an orange colored peel, which can be easily removed. It has few seeds and a sweet full flavor

domain Eucarya
kingdom Plantae
division Magnoliophyta (formerly Phylum Tracheophyta)
class Magnoliopsida (formerly Class Angiospermae)
superorder Rosidae or Rutiflorae
order Sapindales or Rutales
family Rutaceae
subfamily Aurantioidiae
tribe Citreae
subtribe Citrinae
genus Citrus

A genus of tropical plants, many of which produce fruits of vast commercial importance.

A variety of some Citrus plant probably developed in the Indonesian Archipelago some 20 million years ago.  It probably had bitter fruit.  Some time during man's wanderings into the area before the last Ice Age, this plant was discovered, and its juice was used for medicinal purposes.   At some point, these plants were cultivated in India and/or China, from which the sweet varieties were developed.  Today, they are cultivated wherever the climate allows, often augmented by irrigation.

There are two subgenera of Citrus: one also called Citrus, and the other called Papeda.   All commercial citrus comes from the first subgenus.  The fruits are the familiar sections of numerous juicy capsules with papery coverings, arranged radially around the axis of the fruit, with a fleshy covering and a waxy exterior. All Citrus leaves are obovate with a point at the tip (spearpoint-shaped).  Most Papeda plants have bitter, inedible fruits; they can be recognized by leaves which grow along the stems and interconnect with each other.  It is difficult to tell which Citrus are wild and which are cultivated; most 'wild' species are probably in the Papeda group.

Any attempt to state the number of actual Citrus species would be pointless.  Due to its long history of being cultivated, the  several species of the Citrus subgenus are all cross-fertile, and produce fertile offspring.  Indeed, Citrus plants can crossbreed with members of Fortunella (kumquat).   We have no idea how many hybrids were produced in the past; even worse, it is in the interest of commercial growers to have their specialized cultivars recognized as distinct species.  Furthermore, naitonal pride appears to figure into the mix.

Not surprisingly, the classification of various Citrus plants into species is highly controversial.  In 1875, Joseph D. Hooker recognized just four Citrus species.  Walter T. Swingle, in 1943, identified 15 species.  in 1954, Dr. Takesi Tanaka, using looser criteria to distinguish one species from another, recognized 145!

In the list below:

  • Members of subgenus Citrus are marked with a (C), members of Papeda are marked with a (P).
  • Very Large, bold names are commerically important species.
  • Tanaka species appear indented under the Swingle species they are associated with.
  • I'm not sure about the associations of some species, these are marked with a (?)
  • I've taken the liberty of merging C. paradisi into C. maxima as many sources do this, even though EGID does not.
  • C. aurantifolia (C)  (lime)
    • subsumes C. latifolia
    • subsumes C. davoensis  (P) (Dawao lemon)
    • subsumes C. excelsa  (P)
    • subsumes C. hyalopulpa
    • subsumes C. javanica
    • subsumes C. latifolia
    • subsumes C. limettoides
    • subsumes C. longispina  (P)
    • subsumes C. montana
    • subsumes C. macrophylla  (P)
    • subsumes C. obversa
    • subsumes C. ovata
    • subsumes C. papaya
    • subsumes C. pennivesiculata
    • subsumes C. webberi (P)
  • C. aurantium (C) (sour or bitter orange, Seville Orange)
    • subsumes C. bergamia (Bergamot)
    • subsumes C. bigaradia (Bigarde Orange)
    • subsumes C. vulgaris
    • subsumes C. canaliculata
    • subsumes C. maderaspatama
    • subsumes C. myrtifolia
    • subsumes C. neoaurantium
    • hybrid: C. pappilaris
    • subsumes C. rokugatsu
    • subsumes C. taiwanica
    • subsumes C. yanbaruensis
  • C. celebica
  • C. halimii  (new)
  • C. hystrix  (P) (Thai lime, kaffir lime)
  • C. ichangensis (P) (Ichang lemon, Papeda, yuzu)
    • Hybrid: C. hanaju
    • subsumes C. junos  (P) (yuzu)
    • subsumes C. sudachi  (P)
    • subsumes C. takuma-sudachi
    • subsumes C. wilsonii
  • C. kizu  (?)
  • C. latipes  (P)
  • C. limon (C) (lemon)
    • subsumes C. assamensis
    • subsumes C. balotina
    • subsumes C. duttae
    • subsumes C. jambhiri (rough lemon, citronelle)
    • subsumes C. karna
    • subsumes C. limetta
    • subsumes C. limonia (Mandarin lime, Canton lemon, Khatta orange, Rangpur lime)
    • subsumes C. longilimon
    • subsumes C. lumia
    • subsumes C. macrolimon
    • subsumes C. megaloxycarpa
    • subsumes C. meyerii
    • subsumes C. pyrifomis (Yellow Wonder)
    • subsumes C. rissoi
    • subsumes C. sarbati
  • C. limonum (small Egyptian lime)  (?)
  • C. luminciana  (?)
  • C. macroptera  (P)
    • subsumes C. combara
    • subsumes C. kerni
  • C. maxima (C)  (shaddock, pomelo, grapefruit)
    • subsumes C. ampullacea
    • subsumes C. asahikan
    • subsumes C. aurantiacia
    • subsumes C. decumana
    • subsumes C. flavicarpa
    • subsumes C. glaberrima (Silk-skinned orange, kinukawa)
    • subsumes C. grandis
    • subsumes C. hassaku
    • subsumes C. intermedia
    • subsumes C. iwaikan
    • subsumes C. kotokan
    • subsumes C. medioglobosa
    • subsumes C. miaray
    • subsumes C. mistuharu
    • subsumes C. natsudaidai
    • subsumes C. panuban
    • subsumes C. paradisi
    • subsumes C. pseudogulgul
    • subsumes C. obovoidea
    • subsumes C. ornikanto
    • subsumes C. otachibana
    • subsumes C. rugulosa
    • subsumes C. sulcata
    • subsumes C. tengu
    • subsumes C. tosa-asahi
    • subsumes C. truncata
    • subsumes C. yamabuki
    • subsumes C. yuge-hyokan
  • C. medica (C)  (citron)
    • subsumes C. limonimedica
    • subsumes C. nana
    • subsumes C. odorata
  • C. micrantha
  • C. reticulata(C) (clementine, mandarin orange, satsuma, tangerine)
    • subsumes C. amblycarpa (nasnaran)
    • subsumes C. benikoji
    • subsumes C. chuana
    • subsumes C. clementina (clementine)
    • subsumes C. cleopatra  (?)
    • subsumes C. crenatifolia
    • subsumes C. deliciosa
    • hybrid: C. depressa  (voangasay, Flat or Hirami Lemon)
    • subsumes C. erythrosa
    • subsumes C. genshokan
    • hybrid: C. inflata
    • subsumes C. keraji
    • subsumes C. limonellis
    • subsumes C. madurensis (P)
      • subsumes C. microcarpa
      • subsumes C. mitis
    • hybrid: C. nippokoreana
    • hybrid: C. nobilis (King Orange)
    • hybrid: C. oto
    • subsumes C. paratangerina
    • subsumes C. platymamma
    • hybrid: C. pseudoaurantium
    • subsumes C. reshni (Cleopatra)
    • subsumes C. suavissima
    • subsumes C. unshiu
    • subsumes C. succosa
    • subsumes C. suhiensis
    • subsumes C. sunki
    • subsumes C. tangerini
    • subsumes C. tardiferax
    • subsumes C. tardiva
    • hybrid: C. tarogayo
    • hybrid: C. tumida
    • hybrid: C. yatsushiro
    • hybrid: C. yuko
  • C. rocarpa (Kabosu)  (?)
  • C. siniensis (C) (sweet oranges: Blood Orange, Navel Orange, Valencia)
    • subsumes C. aurea
    • subsumes C. funadoko
    • subsumes C. iyo
    • subsumes C. luteo-turgida
    • subsumes C. oblonga
    • subsumes C. shunokan
    • subsumes C. sinograndis
    • subsumes C. tamurana
    • subsumes C. tankan
    • subsumes C. temple (Temple Orange mmmm....)
    • subsumes C. ujukitsu
  • C. sphaerocarpa (?)
  • C. tachibana
    • subsumes C. erythrosa
    • subsumes C. kinokuni
    • subsumes C. oleocarpa
    • subsumes C. ponki

"Survey of Phenolic Compounds Produced in Citrus", Appendix 2
Mark Berhow, Brent Tisserat, Katherine Kanes, and Carl Vandercook
United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

Citrus Variety Collection
University of California, Riverside

Sorting citrus names

EGID-Citrus Network
Citrinae Subtribe classification, January 2001

The primary classification sources appear to be:

Hooker, JD. Flora of British India. Rutaceae, 1:484-517.  Reeve and Co, London, 1875.

Swingle, WT. "The botany of citrus and its wild relatives of the orange subfamily". Pp. 129-474 in:HJ Webber and LD Batchelor, eds. The Citrus Industry. Vol i. History, Botany, and Breeding. Univ of California Press, Berkeley,  1943.

Tanaka, T. Species problems in Citrus. Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, 1954.

Cit"rus (?), n. [L., a citron tree.] Bot.

A genus of trees including the orange, lemon, citron, etc., originally natives of southern Asia.


© Webster 1913.

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