ELI5 What are the differences between clementines, tangerines, and other orange-like fruits?

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They are all quite closely related. All modern citrus fruits are a genetic mix of 3 original species: citrons, pomelos, and the true mandarin. Due to this close relationship, any citrus fruit can cross pollinate with any other citrus to create a different variety.

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They are hybrids of different original citrus fruits. Clementines are hybrids of sweet orange and mandarin. Tangerines are hybrids of mandarin with small amounts of other species, primarily pomelo.

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No one going to post that graphic that shows the relationships?

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