The fast disappearing rare variety of orange called “Indian Wild Orange” has been found in Tamenglong district in the North Eastern Indian state of Manipur.
There is no report of the growth of Indian Wild Orange anywhere in the world except the Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya.
The rare fruit was found by a team from Conservation of Nature and Cultivation of Science, Manipur under the Manipur Biodiversity Board during a visit to Dailong village of Tamenglong.
Tamenglong, situated about 140 km from the capital, has been the center of oranges contributing around 80% of total production of the state. The high altitude hill district’s climate and the soil are well suited for the production of oranges