Botanical name: Citrus meyeri
Common name: Meyer lemon
General features: The Meyer lemon is a probable natural hybrid between the lemon and the sweet orange. It is an averagely vigorous evergreen shrub, variously branched and with dark green lanceolate leaves. Flowering occurs all year round, with white or purplish flowers grouped at the ends of the branches. The fruit is oval in shape, similar to a lemon, but with a thinner skin and almost orange in colour when fully ripe.
Curiosity: It takes its name from American explorer Frank N. Meyer, who found it near Peking in 1908 and introduced it to the United States.
Ornamental virtues: Its ornamental value lies in its resistance to low temperatures and its compact foliage, rich in white flowers mottled with purple, which are very fragrant.