Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Deciduous trees or shrubs, sometimes spiny. Leaves simple, alternate, entire or serrate, rarely lobed (not in Victoria), petiolate; stipules caducous. Inflorescence a corymbose raceme. Flowers bisexual, white or pinkish. Receptacle (hypanthium) cup-shaped; sepals 5, petals 5, shortly clawed; stamens 15–30; carpels 2–5, fused, enclosed within and united to receptacle, walls cartilaginous in fruit, ovules 2 per carpel. Fruit a subglobose, ovoid, obovoid or pyriform, fleshy pome, with numerous stone-cells, brown, red, green or yellow; seeds 2–5.

About 25 species, from Europe, Asia and northern Africa; 3 species naturalised in Australia.

Many species, cultivars and hybrids are grown for their edible fruits (pears). Outside of cultivation members of this genus can be difficult to distinguish from Malus (apples).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
Higher taxa
genus Pyrus
Subordinate taxa