Future Buddha’s Hand-like lemon?
This morning, I noticed a malformed fruit on my Lisbon lemon tree which looks like something that will eventually look a bit like a Buddha’s Hand if it grows to maturity.
It raised the question of whether or not Buddha’s Hands were bred from normal citrus trees at some point. I speculated that at some point a normal tree had a mutant fruit and that someone decided to propagate for that feature. Leave it to Google—my wondering put to rest by this article:
Its ancestor, the ordinary citron, is one of the three original species of citrus and looks like a large, lumpy lemon; in the Buddha’s Hand, the fruit splits at the end opposite the stem into segments that look somewhat like human fingers - whence the fruit’s other name, fingered citron. This prodigy is a genetic mutation that arose many centuries ago somewhere in the citron’s homeland, southwestern China and northeastern India. (Occasionally similar-looking fruits will develop on a normal lemon tree, but these are caused by mite damage to the buds.)
I seem to have plenty of normal non-mutant lemons so I’m not worried about the bud mites. But will be interested to see if that fruit develops.
Below is a lemon that came off of the tree of someone else’s normal lemon tree.