Botanical name: Citrus aurantifolia
Common name: Lime
General features: The lime is characterized by a beautiful, expanded, pendulous foliage, almost entirely free of thorns. The light green leaves are oval with a rounded base, pointed apex and slightly crenate margins. The flowers have a corolla consisting mostly of 5 ligulate, white, fragrant petals. The fruits or limes are spherical or elliptical, flattened at both ends, with a skin rich in essential oils, smooth, thin and green or yellowish green.
Curiosity: The lime tree is particularly sensitive to cold, in fact at temperatures below -4 /-5°C it completely loses its leaves, but not its fruit which persists on the plant even at very cold temperatures.
Ornamental virtues: Always appreciated in Asian cuisine for the sweet-sour taste of its pulp, in recent years the lime has been gaining popularity also in the ornamental sector thanks to the unique colour of its fruit and the copious flowering that characterizes it.