Maclura tricuspidata

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Maclura tricuspidata
Maclura tricuspidata fruits.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Moraceae
Tribe: Moreae
Genus: Maclura
Species: M. tricuspidata
Binomial name
Maclura tricuspidata
(Carrière) Bureau
Synonyms

Cudrania tricuspidata Carrière
Cudrania triloba Hance
Vaniera tricuspidata Hu

Maclura tricuspidata is a tree native to East Asia, occasionally grown for its fruit, somewhat similar to that of the related mulberry (Morus spp.). It is also known by common names including cudrang, mandarin melon berry, silkworm thorn, zhe or che (Chinese: ; pinyin: zhè), and Chinese mulberry (but not to be confused with Morus australis also known by that name). It grows up to 6 m high.

The Tanzhe Temple west of Beijing, China is named for this tree.

Fossil record[edit]

Fossils similar to Maclura tricuspidata have been collected from the Eocene of France, Miocene of Bulgaria, Pliocene of China and Quaternary of Japan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martinez Cabrera HI, Cevallos-Ferriz SRS (2006). "Maclura (Moraceae) wood from the Miocene of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico: Fossil and biogeographic history of its closer allies". Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 140: 113–122. 

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