Arbutus xalapensis Humb., Bonpl. & Kunth

Mexican Madrone

Shrub 2-5 m tall. Leaves oval to ovate-oblong, entire or slightly round-toothed, glabrous or pubescent beneath. Flowers reddish, ovary downy; summer. Fruit dark red, to 1 cm wide.



A. glandulosa Mart. & Gal., also from Mexico, differs only in having leaf stalks with glandular hairs and may well not warrant the rank of species, rare (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), next to kiosk).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ericaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Arbutus L.