Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Citrus
Species: C. mangshanensis
Binomial name
Citrus mangshanensis

The Mangshanyegan (Chinese: 莽山野柑; also known, possibly incorrectly, as the Mangshan mandarin) is a wild citrus fruit species or group of species.

Its taxonomy and scientific name are an area of active research; it is called Citrus mangshanensis and Citrus nobilis Lauriro. It is native to mountain forests in Mangshan, Hunan province, China, where it was first reported in the 1980s.[2][3] It is morphologically similar to cultivated Mandarin oranges, but is now known to be genetically distinct from both mandarins and pummelos.[1]

Citrus crops are often propagated asexually, so they have low genetic diversity.[4] The mangshanyegan is thus potentially important as a source of diversity for citrus breeders.


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