Pyrus amygdaliformis

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Almond-leaved pear
Pyrus amygdaliformis (flowers).jpg
P. amygdaliformis flowers in Italy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Pyrus
Species: P. amygdaliformis
Binomial name
Pyrus amygdaliformis
Vill.
Synonyms[2]
  • Pyrus amygdaliformis var. cuneifolia Diap.
  • Pyrus amygdaloides Link
  • Pyrus nivalis Lindl.
  • Pyrus parviflora Desf.[1]

Pyrus amygdaliformis, also known as the almond-leaved pear, is a species of plant in the Rosaceae family.[2] It is native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and west Asia. It grows to a height of 3–10 metres (9.8–32.8 ft). It has white flowers which bloom in April–May. The fruits are bitter and astringent. It hybridizes well with Pyrus communis and Pyrus pyraster.[3]

The species was formally described by Dominique Villars in 1807.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ «Pyrus amygdaliformis» at EOL [17/03/2013].
  2. ^ a b c GRIN (February 15, 2010). "Pyrus amygdaliformis Vill.". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Dostálek, Jiří (1980). "Pyrus spinosa und ihre Hybriden in Südwestbulgarien". Folia Geobotanica & Phytotaxonomica (in German) (Springer) 15 (1): 59–73. doi:10.2307/4180153. JSTOR 4180153.  edit