Cydonia Mill.


Commemorating the town of Cydon, Crete.

For description see species.

Pseudocydonia sinensis (Thouin) C.K. Schneid., Chinese Quince, a large deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub is occasionally listed and is grown for the attractive bark and delicate pink flowers; it has formerly been placed in the genera Cydonia and Chaenomeles. Pseudocydonia is most closely related to Chaenomeles but has solitary flowers, bristle-tipped leaf teeth and filaments in a ring. Syn. Chaenomeles sinensis (Thouin) Koehne, Cydonia sinensis Thouin.

Grown for the attractive flowers and unusual fruits.

1 species long-cultivated, probably originating from W Asia.

Cuttings or seed, the cultivars grafted to seedling stock.

When cooked can be used in preserves and for flavouring.

Shrub or small tree without thorns; leaves with entire margins, felty below; stipules soon shed; flowers solitary, with petals 2-3 cm long.

Read (1997).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Cydonia oblonga Mill.