Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl.

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Eriobotrya japonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Green Coucal, Mutare

Eriobotrya japonica

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

Eriobotrya japonica

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

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Common names: Loquat (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Small tree to 7 m. Branchlets rusty-tomentose. Leaves elliptic-oblong, large, to 25 cm, strongly veined, glossy above, rusty-tomentose beneath; margin serrate. Flowers white, in terminal panicles. Calyx lobes and petals 5. Ovary inferior. Ovules 2 per loculus. Fruit 4 cm, yellow. Seeds large, few.
Notes: An occasional, but very definite, escape in the E Highlands
Derivation of specific name: japonica: of Japan
Habitat: On roadsides and forest margins, mainly in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: China and Japan
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix dinochares (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 10 January 2007

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Eriobotrya japonica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriobotrya japonica
African Plant Database: Eriobotrya japonica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eriobotrya japonica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eriobotrya japonica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eriobotrya japonica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eriobotrya japonica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eriobotrya japonica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eriobotrya japonica
iNaturalist: Eriobotrya japonica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriobotrya japonica
JSTOR Plant Science: Eriobotrya japonica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eriobotrya japonica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriobotrya japonica
Plants of the World Online: Eriobotrya japonica
Tropicos: Eriobotrya japonica
Wikipedia: Eriobotrya japonica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eriobotrya japonica., retrieved 3 December 2022

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