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Fam.: Rosaceae / Rose Fam.      
 

Genus:  Mespilus  L.
 

Authors:
   L.:  Carl von Linné (Linnaeus, 1707 - 1777), Swedish naturalist who introduced the binary naming system for plants and animals
 

Etymology:
   Mespilus:   Roman plant name
   germanica:   from Germany
 

The Medlar Mespilus germanica is a small tree and belongs to the Pomaceous Fruits, as e.g. Apples (Malus), Pears (Pyrus), Quinces (Cydonia), Mountain Ashes (Sorbus), Cotoneaster, Hawthorn (Crataegus), and Firethorn (Pyracantha). The fruit is edible, but today rather uncommon, while in the Middle Ages there was extensive cultivation in Central and Southern Europe. Since the species has been cultivated already very early, its original area can not be specified surely, Eastern European and Western Asian areas are assumed.

 

Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Fig. 1:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Fig. 2:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Fig. 3:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Fig. 4:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Fig. 5:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Quedlinburg 3.11.2006
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Kehl 12.10.2013
Fig. 6:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Kehl 12.10.2013
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Bad Dürkheim 3.10.2007
Fig. 7:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Bad Dürkheim 3.10.2007
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 9.6.2009
Fig. 8:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 9.6.2009
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 1.11.2011
Fig. 9:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 1.11.2011
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 18.10.2012
Fig. 10:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 18.10.2012
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 18.10.2012
Fig. 11:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 18.10.2012
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Fig. 12:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Fig. 13:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Fig. 14:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar.  Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Fig. 15:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Botan. Gar. Hermannshof 23.5.2015
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 23.3.2017
Fig. 16:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (cultiv.)
D Heidelberg 23.3.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 17:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar (another site)
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 18:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 19:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 20:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 21:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 22:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Mespilus germanica / Medlar, D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
Fig. 23:  Mespilus germanica / Medlar
D Heidelberg 22.9.2017
 
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