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Pyrus (Pear genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 30 species, native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. Pyrus communis (Pear, Common pear) is cultivated for its fruit, especially in the Western Cape where it has also become naturalised. An additional five species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Pyrus communis (Pear, Common pear)

Native to Europe and southwestern Asia. Cultivated extensively in southern Africa for its fruit, especially in the Western Cape where it has also become naturalised.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pyrus calleryana (Chinese pear)

Native to central and southern China.

 

Pyrus nivalis (Snow pear)

Native to central and southeastern Europe.

 

Pyrus pyrifolia (Sand pear)

Native to central and western China.

 

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear)

Native from the Caucasus to Turkey.

 

Pyrus ussuriensis

Native from eastern Siberia to Japan.

 

Pyrus x lecontei

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  

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