Common name: Loquat
Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl. APNI*
Description: Tree with rusty-tomentose branchlets.
Leaves obovate, elliptic to oblong, 10–25 cm long, 4–8 cm wide, margins coarsely toothed, upper surface glossy, lower surface tomentose, venation impressed so that lamina appears ribbed; petiole < 10 mm long.
Flowers c. 10 mm diam. Petals white. Pome pear-shaped, 3–4 cm long, yellowish, juicy, with 1 or 2 large seeds.
Flowering: autumn with the fruit maturing the following spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Sporadically along roadsides, establishes from discarded seeds. Native of E Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A.
Formerly placed in the family Malaceae (now part of Rosaceae), e.g. Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1 (1990).
Text by G.J. Harden & A.N. Rodd
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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