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Triphasia trifolia - (Burm.f.)P.Wilson.
                 
Common Name Lime Berry
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Arid ground[245].
Range E. Asia - China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Triphasia trifolia Lime Berry


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Triphasia trifolia Lime Berry
   
Physical Characteristics
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Triphasia trifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
T. aurantiola. Lour. Limonia trifolia.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177, 183]. Red and fleshy[1], the fully ripe fruit has an agreeable sweet taste[1, 2]. Aromatic, juicy and somewhat mucilaginous, the fruit can also be pickled or made into jams etc[183]. The fruit is about 15mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses


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Skin.

The leaves are applied to the body in the treatment of diarrhoea, colic and skin diseases[240].
Other Uses
Incense.

The leaves are used as an aromatic bath[61]. The leaves are used as cosmetics[240]. A gum runs from the stem[240], though the report does not mention any uses for this gum.
Cultivation details
Prefers a moderately heavy loam with a generous amount of compost and sand added and a very sunny position[200]. Prefers a pH between 5 and 6[200]. Intolerant of water logging[200], strongly disliking winter wet[1]. Most reports say that this species is not hardy in Britain, requiring greenhouse protection[1, 200], but one report says that a plant outdoors at Boslewick in Cornwall produces fruit[59]. Plants are sometimes cultivated for their edible fruit[183]. All parts of the plant are aromatic. The white flowers have a scent of orange blossom[245]. The leaves are covered in pellucid dots and release a resinous scent when bruised[245]. The fruits are lemon-scented[245].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. Otherwise sow the seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
(Burm.f.)P.Wilson.
Botanical References
200
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