Miller, Gard. Dict. edn 8:no. 1 (1768).
Synonymy: Pyrus malus L. var. sylvestris L., Sp. Pl. 479 (1753).
Common name: Apple, wild crab apple.
Small tree, sometimes spiny below, deciduous; twigs and young growth densely pubescent; leaves stipulate, petiolate, ovate to broad-elliptic, entire, crenate to serrate, acute to shortly acuminate, pubescent below, glabrescent above.
Inflorescence corymbose, on short shoots; pedicel and calyx densely pubescent; petals 5, shortly clawed, white or pink; stamens numerous, anthers yellow; styles pubescent below.
Fruit a subglobose pome, impressed above and below, glabrous, stone cells absent, green, yellowish or flushed and streaked red.
Widely cultivated in orchards and gardens, long surviving in abandoned sites, sparingly naturalised in higher rainfall areas of the State.
Native to Europe and south-west Asia.
Flowering time: in late spring, Oct.
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