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Pyrus spinosa

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Pyrus spinosa
P. spinosa flowers in Italy
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Pyrus
P. spinosa
Binomial name
Pyrus spinosa
    • Crataegus amygdaliformis (Vill.) Chalon
    • Malus heterophylla Spach
    • Pyrus amygdaliformis Vill.
    • Pyrus amygdaloides Link
    • Pyrus cuneifolia Guss.
    • Pyrus eriopleura Rchb.
    • Pyrus heterophylla (Spach) Steud.
    • Pyrus nivalis Lindl.
    • Pyrus oblongifolia Spach
    • Pyrus parviflora Desf.
    • Pyrus persica Pers.
    • Pyrus sicula Tineo
    • Pyrus spinosa var. diapulidis Dostálek
    • Pyrus spinosa f. lobata (Decne.) Dostálek
    • Pyrus spinosa var. microphylla (Decne.) Browicz
    • Pyrus spinosa var. oblongifolia (Spach) Dostálek
    • Pyrus spinosa var. sinaica (Dum.Cours.) Dostálek

Pyrus spinosa (syn. Pyrus amygdaliformis), the almond-leaved pear, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to the northern Mediterranean region.[2][3] It grows to a height of 3–10 m (10–33 ft). It has white flowers which bloom in April–May. The fruits are bitter and astringent. It hybridizes easily with Pyrus communis and Pyrus pyraster.[4]


  1. ^ Barstow, M. (2017). "Pyrus spinosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T173015A61612142. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T173015A61612142.en. Retrieved 31 May 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Pyrus spinosa Forssk". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Pyrus amygdaliformis". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Dostálek, Jiří (1980). "Pyrus spinosa und ihre Hybriden in Südwestbulgarien". Folia Geobotanica & Phytotaxonomica (in German). 15 (1): 59–73. doi:10.1007/BF02853139. JSTOR 4180153. S2CID 24838387.