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Citrus ID


Balsam Torchwood




Balsam Torchwood, Candlewood, Poison-ash, West Indian Rosewood, West Indian Sandalwood (sec. Cottin 2002)

Cultivar or taxon


Amyris balsamifera L. (sensu Tanaka sec. Cottin 2002)



Crown compact or dense, not weeping. First-year twig surface glabrous; second- or third-year twig mottled; thorns absent or not persistent; prickles absent or not persistent. Petiole glabrous, length very long, wings absent. Leaflets three, margin crenate/crenulate, rachis wings absent, shade leaflet blades weakly conduplicate, sun leaflet blades weakly or strongly conduplicate. Leaflets somewhat to strongly malodorous when crushed. Fruit as long as broad or longer than broad; rind dark green (3), medium green (4), light green with some break to yellow (5), black, red, or pink; rind texture smooth (1-3); firmness membranous; navel absent.



Cottin, R. 2002. Citrus of the World: A citrus directory. Version 2.0. France: SRA INRA-CIRAD.



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Citrus ID Edition 2
October, 2011