Eriobotrya Lindl.


Greek erion — wool, botrys — cluster of grapes, referring to the appearance of the fruit cluster.

Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves large, alternate, with pronounced veins ending in marginal teeth. Flowers white, in terminal clusters. Fruit yellow and fleshy with 1-2 seeds.

Only 1 species, the Loquat, is grown, for its robust corrugated foliage and attractive yellow edible fruits.

About 23 species from SE Asia, Japan and the Himalaya.

Seed in summer; cultivars by budding or grafting.

Edible fruit, timber.

Large wrinkled leaves and yellow fleshy fruit.

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
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species         Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.