Overview

Distribution

Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

Shrubs or small trees, to 6 m tall, with thorny branches, rarely unarmed. Branchlets initially yellowish brown or gray pubescent, glabrous when old. Petiole ca. 2.5 mm, usually glabrous, sometimes pubescent; leaf blade elliptic or oblong, rarely oblong-obovate, 1.5–4 × 1–1.6 cm, both surfaces initially yellowish brown pubescent, glabrescent, abaxially becoming slightly glaucescent, lateral veins dense, base broadly cuneate or rounded, margin usually entire, sometimes inconspicuously serrulate, apex apiculate or obtuse, sometimes slightly aristate. Compound corymb loose, 3–4 in diam.; many flowered; peduncle yellowish brown pubescent; bracts caducous, lanceolate. Pedicel 5–10 mm, yellowish brown pubescent. Flowers 8–10 mm in diam. Hypanthium campanulate, pubescent. Sepals triangular or broadly elliptic, 1–1.5 mm, abaxially sparsely pubescent, apex obtuse. Petals ovate, 4–5 × 3–4 mm, apex slightly apiculate. Stamens 20; filaments ca. 3 mm. Ovary densely white tomentose apically; styles nearly as long as stamens. Pome bright red, depressed-globose, 4–5 mm in diam.; fruiting pedicel 5–10 mm, glabrous; sepals persistent, erect. Fl. Apr–May, fr. Sep–Nov.
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Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Sportella atalantioides Hance, J. Bot. 15: 207. 1877; Crataegus pyracantha (Linnaeus) Medicus; Mespilus loureiroi Kosteletzky; Pyracantha discolor Rehder; P. gibbsii A. B. Jackson; P. loureiroi (Kosteletzky) Merrill.
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Ecology

Habitat

Slopes, valleys, among shrubs, open forests; 500--1700 m.
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Pyracantha atalantioides

Pyracantha atalantioides (common names: Gigg's Firethorn[citation needed] and Sichuan firethorn)[2] is a species of Firethorn shrub.

Description[edit source | edit]

The plant is 6 metres (20 ft) tall with its petioles being circa 2.5 millimetres (0.098 in).[3] Its flowers are white and they bloom from March to June. Its small berry-shaped pome fruits are red.[4] Its branches have long spines. It is grown in gardens and parks as an ornamental plant. They are also grown as hedges. It is sometimes used in bonsai.

Distribution[edit source | edit]

The species originated from southern China but it has been introduced to North America and has been naturalised, especially in California.[2]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Pyracantha atalantioides". Kew Plant List. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Pyracantha atalantioides". Calflora. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pyracantha atalantioides (Hance) Stapf 151. Botanical Magazine. 1926. p. 9099. 
  4. ^ "Pyracantha atalantioides". Oak Piece Nursery. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
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