Buddha's Hand Citron
enton's 'Jardin Botanique Exotique'
The last train station in Mediterranean France before the Italian border is Menton Garavan. A few minutes walk from the station, and situated in the mildest climatic zone anywhere in France, is the Jardin Botanique Exotique Val Rahmeh  - an offshoot of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris.
In November 2006, I had time for only a brief visit, but found a considerable number of interesting citrus varieties, not all labelled. Unfortunately, at that time I didn't have a list of varieties. I now have one, provided by the French Natural History Museum, which I have reproduced below with my English translations of the common names. So in February 2007 I had a good excuse for a return visit to take some more photos!
page created 30th November 2006
'Star Ruby'  A very nice red-blushed grapefruit on a startlingly dark-green tree.
Citrus medica 'sarcodactylis' or Buddha's Hand Citron
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  Citrumelo
  Lime
  Bitter Orange
  Willow Leaf Bitter Orange
  Myrtle Leaf Bitter Orange
  Bergamotte
  Thai Lime
  Lemon
  Sweet Lemon
  Menton Lemon.
  Variegated Lemon
  Pummelo
  Citron
  Buddha's Hand Citron
  Mandarin
  Mandarin 'Deliciosa'
  Grapefruit
  Grapefruit 'Star Ruby'
  Bears' Seedless Lime
  Clementine
  Clementine 'Cleopatre'
  Sweet Orange
  Blood Orange
  Nagami Kumquat
1.   Poncirus X C. paradisi Hort.      
2.   Citrus aurantiifolia Sw.                
3.   Citrus aurantium L.
                      
4.   Citrus aurantium ssp. amara
      
5.   Citrus aurantium L. var. myrtifolia
6 .  Citrus bergamia Wight et Arn.
     
7.   Citrus hystrix DC.                          
8.   Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f.
                 
9.   Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f.                 
10. Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f.                
11. Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f.
                 
12. Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr.
       
13. Citrus medica L.                         
14. Citrus medica L. 'Sarcodactylis'
15. Citrus nobilis Lour.                        16. Citrus nobilis Lour.                      
17. Citrus paradisi Macfad
                 18. Citrus paradisi Macfad.                19. Citrus pyriformis Hassk              
20. Citrus reticulata Bl.                      
21.  Citrus reticulata Bl.
                     
22.  Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck         23.  Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
       
24.  Fortunella margarita Swingle
    
Star Ruby grapefruit tree
Menton Lemon cluster
A cluster of lemons variety 'Menton'.
Sweet Lemons
The location map showed a sweet lemon, but the peel smelled just like a normal lemon. However,  the flesh was  sweet,  acidless and very pleasant!
Kumquat tree branches
Fruiting kumquat canopy
An ancient Nagami Kumquat tree, covered in ripe fruits.
major update 11th February 2007
Two citron varieties
Chinotto tree
Mimosa cascade
Two different citron trees, the top fruit is 'Florence'
Chinnoto, or Myrtle Leafed Bitter Orange
Not citrus, but a waterfall of Mediterranean mimosa!
Thornless Thai Lime at L'Esquinade
Thornless Thai Lime
Chimera at Palais Carnoles
Chimera orange+lemon
Round Lime at Hanbury
Mela Rosa at Hanbury
Australian Round Lime
'Mela Rosa'
CITRUS in and around MENTON
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Fete du Citron pavilion
Fete du Citron pavilion
Star Ruby grapefruit