Common name: Woody Pear, Wooden Pear, Native Pear
Xylomelum pyriforme (Gaertn.) Knight APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree, new growth rusty-villous.
Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, 10–20 cm long, 30–45 mm wide, apex acute, base cuneate, margins entire; juvenile leaves 15–20 cm long and 40–50 mm wide with 6–11 teeth along each margin; petiole 1.5–3 cm long.
Conflorescences 4–5 cm long, rusty-villous. Perianth to c. 10 mm long.
Follicle 6–9 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, apex acuminate; seed with wing 5–7 cm long, 10–18 mm wide, with vein 2–3 mm in from margin of wing.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, widespread on the coast and ranges, chiefly on sandstone north from near Mittagong, also recorded from the Cooma district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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