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Lindleya mespiloides.png
Lindleya mespiloides
Illustration by Pierre Jean François Turpin
from Kunth, Bonpland, and Humboldt's Nova genera et species plantarum (1815–1825)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae[1]
Tribe: Maleae
Genus: Lindleya
Species: L. mespiloides
Binomial name
Lindleya mespiloides
H.B. & K.

Lindleya is a genus of Mexican evergreen trees of the family Rosaceae. The sole species, L. mespiloides, grows to a height of 6 metres (20 ft) and bears solitary white fragrant flowers in summer. The fruit are dry dehiscent capsules.[2]

Taxonomic history[edit]

Lindleya mespiloides Kunth.jpg

Lindleya, along with Vauquelinia and Kageneckia were formerly placed in family Quillajaceae.. It shares a base chromosome number of 17 with the pome-fruited members of tribe Maleae within the Rosaceae.[3]


  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. ^ Evans, R.C.; Campbell, C.S. (2002). "The origin of the apple subfamily (Rosaceae: Maloideae) is clarified by DNA sequence data from duplicated GBSSI Genes" (PDF). American Journal of Botany. 89 (9): 1478–1484. doi:10.3732/ajb.89.9.1478. PMID 21665749. 
  3. ^ Campbell, C.S.; Evans, R.C.; Morgan, D.R.; Dickinson, T.A.; Arsenault, M.P. (2007). "Phylogeny of subtribe Pyrinae (formerly the Maloideae, Rosaceae): Limited resolution of a complex evolutionary history" (PDF). Plant Systematics and Evolution. 266 (1–2): 119–145. doi:10.1007/s00606-007-0545-y.