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5. Pyracantha atalantioides (Hance) Stapf, Bot. Mag. 151: sub plate 9099. 1926.

Sportella atalantioides Hance, J. Bot. 15: 207. 1877; Pyracantha discolor Rehder

Plants: ˂crowns spreading or partially reclining˃, 10–60 dm. Stems: thorns abundant; young twigs yellowish brown-hairy, glabrescent. Leaves: stipules 3–7 mm; petiole 2–6 mm; blade elliptic, oblong, or oblong-obovate, 1.5–5 × 1–2 cm, base rounded to cuneate, margins entire or remotely serrulate distally (on vigorous shoots), apex obtuse, apiculate, or aristate, surfaces yellowish brown-hairy, glabrescent (abaxial becoming slightly glaucescent). Inflorescences 3–4 cm diam. Pedicels 5–10 mm, yellowish brown-hairy. Flowers 8–10 mm diam.; hypanthium hairy; ˂calyx brown- or yellowish brown-puberulent when young, glabrescent˃, sepals broadly elliptic or triangular, 1–1.5 mm, apex obtuse; petals ovate, 4–5 mm, apex slightly apiculate. Pomes bright red, 4–7 mm diam.; pedicels 5–12 mm.

Flowering Feb–May; fruiting Oct–Jan. Roadsides, thickets, disturbed ground, edges; 0–300 m; introduced; Calif., Fla., Ga., La.; Asia (China).

Pyracantha atalantioides is native to southeastern and western China. The species has been extensively planted in North America; it is apparently naturalized only sporadically in milder climatic areas of the continent.


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