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Citropsis gilletiana - Swingle & M.Kellerm.

Common Name Gillet's cherry-orange
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range West tropical Africa - DR Congo.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Citropsis gilletiana Gillet

Citropsis gilletiana Gillet

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Citropsis gilletiana is an evergreen tree found in west tropical Africa that reaches up to 10 m in height. Its stems have slender spines about 5 cm long. It is resistant to foot rot caused by brown-rot fungus, Phytophthora citrophthora, making it an ideal rootstock for many of the Citrus species.

Physical Characteristics

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Citropsis gilletiana is an evergreen Tree growing to 9 m (29ft) by 9 m (29ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. 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 moist soil.


No synonyms are recorded for this name.


Not known

Edible Uses

The globose, yellow fruits are about 25mm in diameter, they have an acrid flavour and are not edible[ 319 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Other Uses: The plant appears to be immune to a very destructive form of foot rot, supposed to be caused by the brown-rot fungus (Phytophthora citrophthora). This fungus attacks the lower trunks and upper roots of various species of Citrus that are grown in the Congo, including the sour orange, Citrus aurantium, which is usually found to be very resistant to foot rot. It appears that, in the Congo, foot rot is greatly aggravated in severity by the larvae of a longhorn beetle, Monohammus sp., which attacks first the cambium layer and later the wood of the base of the trunk. This species, besides being immune to the attacks of the foot-rot fungus, is not attacked by this beetle. It has been found that the plant makes an excellent rootstock for the cultivated varieties of sweet orange, mandarin, grapefruit, and lemon which were all found to grow more vigorously when grafted on to it when compared to their performance on sour orange rootstocks. Furthermore, citrus trees grafted on the rootstocks of this species were completely immune to the Monohammus beetle and also to foot rot, provided the grafts were made high enough above the ground to prevent infection from the soil[ 319 ].

Cultivation details

Gillet's cherry-orange, the largest and most vigorous of all the known forms of the genus Citropsis.



Other Names

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Citropsis gilletiana or GilletÕs cherry-orange

Found In

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Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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