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Description from Flora of China

Trees or shrubs, evergreen. Leaves simple; stipulate, usually petiolate, venation craspedodromous or camptodromous, margin serrate or entire. Inflorescences terminal panicles, numerous flowered. Hypanthium cupular or obconical. Sepals 5, persistent. Petals 5, white or yellow, obovate or orbicular, base clawed. Stamens 20. Ovary inferior, 2–5-loculed, with 2 ovules per locule; styles 2–5, connate at base and often pubescent. Fruit a pome with persistent incurved sepals, fleshy or dry, endocarp (core) membranous, with 1 or 2 large seeds.

About 30 species: E Asia; 14 species (three endemic) in China.

(Authors: Gu Cuizhi (Ku Tsue-chih); Stephen A. Spongberg)

Lower Taxon


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