Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Evergreen or deciduous, usually spiny shrubs or small trees. Leaves simple, alternate, serrate, or crenate, shortly petiolate; stipules leafy, persistent, larger on long shoots. Inflorescence a cymose cluster, or flowers solitary. Flowers large and showy, usually pink or red. Sepals 5, deciduous, reflexed or ascending; petals 5, ovate or suborbicular; stamens numerous; carpels 5, fused, enclosed in and united to receptacle, walls cartilaginous in fruit, ovules numerous. Fruit an ovoid or globose pome with thick, hard flesh, yellow or yellowish-green; seeds many.

About 5 species from eastern Asia; 2 naturalised in Australia.

Hybrids and cultivars are commonly grown as ornamentals.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
Higher taxa
genus Chaenomeles
Subordinate taxa