Eriobotrya japonica (Rosaceae)

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The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a tree from the Rose family, native to south-central China. It is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown in private gardens as an ornamental with sweet smelling flowers, and probably for its edible yellow fruit.

The loquat can grow to be a small tree with a rounded crown to 5–10 metres. (I have never seen one so big.). The leaves are alternate, simple, largish (around 10–25 centimetres long), dark green, tough and leathery in texture, with a toothed margin. The leaf undersides are densely velvety-hairy with thick yellow-brown pubescence; the young leaves are also densely hairy above, but these hairs soon rubs off.

The loquat has some medicinal uses in the Chinese pharmacopeia.

More on this when I get the chance to try out the sweet fruits.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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