Indian Wild Orange
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Indian Wild Orange
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Indian Wild Orange • Adi: Goyeng Hingkin • Garo: Memang Narang
Botanical name: Citrus indica    Family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)

Indian Wild Orange is an interesting small fruit. It is believed to be the earliest ancestor of Orange. It looks like a small orange with rough bumpy rind. Leaves are ellitiptic with lined leaf-stalks, without wings. Rind color is orange to dark orange. Many fruits have a prominent rough lemon-like nose; otherwise are round to slightly flattened at the ends. Rind is of medium thickness; seeds are large, unlike most citrus seeds, bright green cotyledons. Thick fleshy membrane walls, small sections of flesh are orange, fairly juicy, sour. Where present, each large seed just about fills the section. Indian Wild Orange is native to NE India. Flowering: September-January.
Medicinal uses: It is commonly being used by local people especially belonging to Garo tribe as a medicine for chronic diseases. Whole raw fresh fruits and dried fruit powder are taken as a medicine for communicable diseases.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.

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