Common name: Key Lime
Malay name: Limau Nipis
Scientific name: Citrus aurantifolia
Conservation status: Cultivated, Naturalised, Introduced (northern India and Myanmar)
A tree that reaches up to 5 m tall. Stems are spiny. Leaves are pointed. It bears clusters of white, fragrant flowers. Fruits are round and turn yellow when ripe.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, cuttings or air-layering
Ecological function: The flowers attract pollinators. It can be used as a hedge plant.
Pollinator: Insects, especially honeybees
Soil: Loamy soils. It tolerates clayey soils
Moisture: Moist, well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Fruits are eaten raw, cooked or used as flavouring. The oils extracted from fruit peels, leaves and seeds are used for soap-making.