Buddha's Hand Citron
Menton'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
updated 11th Feb 2007 & 17th Nov 2018
'Star Ruby'  A very nice red-blushed grapefruit on a startlingly dark-green tree.
Citrus medica 'sarcodactylis' or Buddha's Hand Citron





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
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!
Edouard Mazzola's
Thornless Thai Lime at L'Esquinade
Thornless Thai Lime
Collection d'Agrumes
Palais Carnolès
Chimera at Palais Carnoles
Chimera orange+lemon
Round Lime at Hanbury
Mela Rosa at Hanbury
Australian Round Lime
'Mela Rosa'
Villa Hanbury, La Mortola

Fete du Citron pavilion
Les Agrumes de Menton
Fete du Citron pavilion
Star Ruby grapefruit
Citrus medica L. Citron
Citrus medica L. 'Sarcodactylis' Buddha's Hand Citron
Citrus nobilis Lour. Mandarin
Citrus nobilis Lour. Mandarin 'Deliciosa'
Citrus paradisi Macfad Grapefruit
Citrus paradisi Macfad Grapefruit 'Star Ruby'
Citrus pyriformis Hassk  Ponderosa Lemon
Citrus reticulata Bl. Clementine
Citrus reticulata Bl. Clementine 'Cleopatre'
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck Sweet Orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck Blood Orange
Fortunella margarita Swingle Nagami Kumquat
Poncirus X C. paradisi Hort Citrumelo
Citrus aurantiifolia Sw.  Lime
Citrus aurantium L. Bitter Orange
Citrus aurantium ssp. amara Willow Leaf Bitter Orange
Citrus aurantium L. var. myrtifolia Myrtle Leaf Bitter Orange
Citrus bergamia Wight et Arn. Bergamot
Citrus hystrix DC. Thai Lime
Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f. Lemon
Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f. Sweet Lemon
Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f. Menton Lemon.
Citrus limon (L.) Burn.f. Variegated Lemon
Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr. Pummelo