Orange Botanical Facts:
- Name - Citrus aurantium ssp. sinensis, Citrus sinensis
- Appearance - Small flowering tree.
- Size - grows to about 10 m tall.
- Leaves - Evergreen leaves, arranged alternately, of ovate shape with crenulate margins.
- Fruit - orange fruit is a hesperidium (a type of berry).
- The fruit of Citrus aurantium ssp. sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange.
- Now generally believed that oranges originate from Northern or North Eastern India.
- The orange tree is an ancient hybrid possibly between pomelo (Citrus maxima) and tangerine (Citrus reticulata).
- The first oranges were brought to Europe by the Moors, probably already available in the 9th century, though these were not sweet oranges.
- The name is thought to have been derived from the Dravidian & Tamil word for the orange tree, after passing through a number of languages.
- Chinese (Cantonese) - Chaang
- Chinese (Mandarin) - Guang gan, Tian cheng
- Dutch - Sinaasappel "Chinese apple"
- German - Apfelsine "China's apple"
- Hebrew - Tapuz, Tappuah zahav
- Spanish - Naranja, Naranja china
- Blood orange
- Navel orange
- Persian orange
- Valencia orange
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