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Not to be confused with Cherry Orange.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Subfamily: Aurantioideae
Tribe: Citreae
Genus: Citropsis
Swingle & Kellerm.

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Citropsis is a genus of flowering plants in the citrus family, Rutaceae. They are known generally as African cherry oranges.[1] They are native to Africa.[2]

This genus is in the subfamily Aurantioideae, which also includes genus Citrus. It is in the tribe Citreae and subtribe Citrinae, which are known technically as the citrus fruit trees.[1][3] Citropsis and the genus Atalantia are also called near-citrus fruit trees.[1] The genus Citropsis is thought to be an ancestral group of genus Citrus.[2] Fruit-bearing intergeneric hybrids have been established between Citropsis gabunensis and Citrus wakonai.[4]

A root extract of C. articulata is popular in Uganda as an herbal aphrodisiac. The tree is known locally by the name omuboro, and by a number of nicknames that reference male genitalia. Demand for the roots may lead to the overexploitation of the tree.[5]

Taxa include:[3]


  1. ^ a b c Swingle, W. T., rev. P. C. Reece. Chapter 3: The Botany of Citrus and its Wild Relatives. In: The Citrus Industry vol. 1. Webber, H. J. (ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. 1967.
  2. ^ a b Yahata, M., et al. (2006). Production of sexual hybrid progenies for clarifying the phylogenic relationship between Citrus and Citropsis species.] Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 131(6), 764-69.
  3. ^ a b Citrus Variety Collection. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. University of California, Riverside.
  4. ^ Smith, M. W., et al. (2013). First fruiting intergeneric hybrids between Citrus and Citropsis. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 138(1), 57-63.
  5. ^ Mmali, J. Uganda's 'sex tree' under threat. BBC News 25 July 2007.
  6. ^ Citropsis schweinfurthii. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  7. ^ Citropsis noldeae. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).

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