Malus prattii (Hemsl.) Schneid.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Malus prattii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/malus/malus-prattii/). Accessed 2019-08-19.

Genus

Synonyms

  • Pyrus prattii Hemsl.

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Malus prattii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/malus/malus-prattii/). Accessed 2019-08-19.

A deciduous tree up to 30 ft high; young shoots furnished with whitish hairs when quite young, soon glabrous. Leaves ovate, ovate-lanceolate, or oval, the apex slenderly pointed, the base rounded, sharply and doubly toothed, 212 to 512 in. long, 1 to 234 in. wide, soon glabrous except for occasional down beneath on the midrib and chief veins; stalk 1 to 112 in. long. Flowers white, 34 to 1 in. wide, borne during May in clusters ten or twelve together; styles five, glabrous. Fruits roundish egg-shaped, 12 in. wide, red, specked with tiny white dots, the woolly calyx persisting at the top, flesh gritty; fruit-stalk 1 in. long.

Native of Szechwan, China; discovered by A. E. Pratt, introduced by Wilson for Messrs Veitch in 1904. It bears fruit regularly at Kew and is distinct on account of the largish leaves and handsome, dotted fruits. The foliage often colours well in autumn. Akin to M. yunnanensis (q.v.).


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