Description: Evergreen shrubs and small trees.
Leaves simple, large, toothed; stipules united with short petiole.
Flowers in terminal panicles. Sepals 5, persistent on top of fruit. Petals 5. Stamens c. 20. Ovary of 2–5 fused carpels, inferior, 2–5-locular; styles free; ovules 2 in each loculus.
Pome with 1 or 2 large seeds.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, eastern Asia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Eriobotrya was formerly placed in the family Malaceae (now part of Rosaceae), e.g. Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1 (1990).
Text by G.J. Harden & A.N. Rodd
|One species in NSW: Eriobotrya japonica|