Conservation status Data deficient (DD)
Included in up to date checklists of accepted Malus species (Juniper & Mabberley 2019; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2020) perhaps only by default, this little known apple belongs among the larger-fruited wild trees allied to M. domestica (Juniper & Mabberley 2019). Described from northern Pakistan, near the borders of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, it might either be a locally naturalized form of M. domestica or a close ally of M. sieversii which predates domestication. The type specimen (Bowes Lyon 679, Natural History Museum, London) shows a plant with tomentose leaf underside, pedicel, hypanthium and calyx at flowering time, the calyx impressively hairy (pers. obs.). The collector emphasized that it was collected in an area with no evidence of present or past cultivation. We have been unable to trace cultivated material in our area.