Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Citrus australasica F.Muell.

Spiny shrub or small tree with simple leaves and white flowers, to 1.2cm across, followed by edible, intensely flavoured, green to reddish fruit, to 6cm long.  To 6m.  [FNSW, Wrigley].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

One plant of ‘Indigenous sp. Citrus from Moreton Bay’ was donated to the Sydney Botanic Garden on 27th September 1847.  This is the only reference to this plant I have encountered but this native citrus is likely to have been grown at Camden Park.  See also Citrus australis (Mudie) Planch., another possibility for this plant.


Of the six Australian species of citrus, Citrus australasica F.Mueller and Citrus australis (Mudie) Planch. seem the most likely candidates for ‘Indigenous sp. Citrus from Moreton Bay’.  Of the remainder Citrus inodora F.M.Bailey grows in northern Queensland, Citrus garrawayae F.M.Bailey is from the Cape York Peninsula, Citrus glauca (Lindl.) Burkill is from more inland areas, particularly the Channel Country, and Citrus gracilis Mabb. grows in the Northern Territory.

Published Apr 02, 2010 - 05:42 PM | Last updated Apr 02, 2010 - 05:44 PM

Family Rutaceae
Region of origin

Australia, southern Queensland, northern NSW

  • Microcitrus australasica (F.Meuller) Swingle
  • Citrus cataphracta W.Hill
Common Name

Finger lime

Name in the Camden Park Record

Indigenous sp. Citrus from Moreton Bay 

Confidence level medium