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2. Pyrus pyrifolia (Burman f.) Nakai, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo). 40: 564. 1926.

Chinese pear

Ficus pyrifolia Burman f., Fl. Indica, 226. 1768; Pyrus serotina Rehder

Plants 70–150 dm. Branches purplish brown or dark brown, tawny villous or tomentose when young, glabrescent; thorns usually absent. Leaves: petiole 3–4.5 cm, tomentose when young; blade ovate or ovate-elliptic, 7–12 × 4–6.5 cm, base rounded or subcordate, margins spinulose-serrate, apex acute, surfaces glabrous or brown-lanate when young. Pedicels 3.5–5 cm, pubescent when young. Flowers 25–35 mm diam.; sepals triangular-ovate, 5 mm, apex acuminate; petals white, ovate, 15–17 mm; ovaries 5-locular; styles 5. Pomes brownish with pale dots, subglobose, 20–25 mm diam.; sepals deciduous. 2n = 34.

Flowering Apr. Old fields; 50–400 m; introduced; Ill., Va., W.Va.; Asia (China, Laos, Vietnam).

The type collection of the species is from Japan, but the plant is doubtfully native there.


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