L., Sp. Pl. 479 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Pear.
Medium to large tree, sometimes suckering, lower branches often spiny, deciduous, twigs and young growth sparsely pubescent; stipules caducous; leaves petiolate, ovate to obovate, acute, entire or serrate, shining above.
Flowers 2-3 cm diam., in corymbose clusters on short shoots; sepals spreading; petals white or pink, anthers reddish-pink; ovary pubescent, inferior, styles 3-5.
Fruit a large pyriform or rarely globose pome, glabrous, yellow, stone cells abundant.
Image source: fig 239 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Widely cultivated in orchards and gardens, long surviving in abandoned sites, sparsely naturalised in higher rainfall areas of the State.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. Probably of hybrid origin from European and Asian species.
Flowering time: late spring, Oct.
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