Maclura pomifera (Raf.) C.K.Schneid.

Ill. Handb. Laubholzk. 1: 806 (1906) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tall shrub or tree; spines 1–5 cm long; latex largely confined to fruits. Leaves ovate, 4–15 cm long, 2–6 cm wide; apex acuminate; petiole 15–30 mm long; stipules 1.5–2 mm long. Male inflorescence cylindrical or globose, 15–25 mm diam., pedicles 2–10 mm long; peduncle 10–20 mm long. Syncarp ± globose, 10–15 cm diam., surface irregular, yellow-green to green, exuding cream-coloured sap when cut. Seeds cream-coloured, deeply embedded in receptacle.   

*MuF, *VRiv, *VVP. Native to North America, cultivated as an ornamental. Only recorded once in Victoria near farmland by the Ovens River east of Everton. However, it has also been recorded just outside of Victoria in Albury.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-24
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Moraceae
genus Maclura
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Maclura pomifera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Maclura pomifera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present cultivated

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales