Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Deciduous, often spiny, hard-wooded shrubs or small trees. Leaves simple, alternate, cuneate at base, variously lobed at apex, petiolate; stipules large, leafy, persistent. Inflorescence a corymb often terminating a short, lateral, leafy shoot. Flowers bisexual, white to red. Sepals 5, short, persistent in fruit; petals 5, obovate; stamens 5–25 in 1–3 rows; carpels 1–5, enclosed in and united to inner wall of receptacle, walls stony in fruit, ovules 2 per carpel, 1 infertile. Fruit a globose, fleshy pome, crowned by persistent sepals, red, yellow or nearly black; pyrenes 1–5.

About 200 species, from temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere; 2 naturalised in Australia.

A complex genus containing many hybrids and variants. Popularly cultivated as hedges or for their ornamental flowers and fruit.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
Higher taxa
genus Crataegus
Subordinate taxa