The Citrus Family
While at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii for our annual workshop, the wide array of citrus fruits next attracted me. I really enjoyed tasting each of them in the process! I sketched them all out and got the basics and colors down, but I added most of the finishing details once I returned home.
Plants in the Citrus Family share these traits:
Glossy and oval-shaped
5 white petals
Hesperidium – flesh is divided into segments packed with tiny juice-filled vesicles
Covered with a moderately thick leathery peel/rind studded with fragrant oil glands
Plants depicted in this Plant Family Portrait:
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Finger Lime (Citrus australasica)
Kumquat (Citrus japonica)
Wampi (Clausena lansium)
Zebra Lemon (Citrus limon variegata)
Buddha’s Hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis)
Meyer Lemon (Citrus × meyeri)
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)
Tangelo (Citrus reticulata x paradisi)
Tangerine (Citrus tangerina)
Mock Orange (Murraya paniculata)
Hardy Sour Orange (Poncirus trifoliata)
My goal with this series of Plant Family Portraits is to deepen people’s awareness of plants and gain an understanding of plant details to help combat “Plant Blindness.” An appreciation for biodiversity is an important part of our wellbeing. May we all delight in nature’s fascinating architecture and colors, appreciate our environment, and how precious it is to protect.
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