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Eriobotrya japonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae[1]
Tribe: Maleae
Subtribe: Malinae
Genus: Eriobotrya

Eriobotrya deflexa
Eriobotrya grandiflora
Eriobotrya hookeriana
Eriobotrya japonicaLoquat
Eriobotrya prinoides

Eriobotrya is a genus of flowering plants, mostly large evergreen shrubs and small trees in the family Rosaceae, native to woodland in the Himalayas and East Asia. The loquat, E. japonica, is grown for its edible fruit.[3]

Eriobotrya species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Hypercompe hambletoni.


  1. ^ Potter, D., et al. (2007). Phylogeny and classification of Rosaceae. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 266(1–2): 5–43. [Referring to the subfamily by the name "Spiraeoideae"]
  2. ^ International Plant Names Index | Search : Eriobotrya
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 

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