Malus hupehensis

(Pampanini) Rehder

J. Arnold Arbor. 14: 207. 1933.

Common names: Tea or flowering tea crabapple
Basionym: Pyrus hupehensis Pampanini Nuovo Giorn. Bot. Ital., n. s. 17: 291. 1910 (as Pirus)
Synonyms: Malus domestica var. hupehensis (Pampanini) Likhonos M. theifera Rehder
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 478. Mentioned on page 473, 479.

Trees, to 80 dm. Stems to 30 cm diam.; bark dark gray or dark brown, smooth or rough; young branches dark green and puberulous, becoming purplish or purplish brown and glabrous at maturity; flowering shoots developing as spurs, 5–20(–40) mm. Buds dark purple, ovoid, 3–4(–5) mm, scale margins sparsely ciliate. Leaves convolute in bud; isomorphic; stipules deciduous, linear-lanceolate, 5–6 mm, apex acuminate; petiole 10–30 mm, sparsely pubescent when young, glabrescent; blade ovate or ovate-oblong, 5–10 × 2.4–4 cm, base broadly cuneate, rarely rounded, margins unlobed, sharply serrulate, apex acuminate, surfaces sparsely puberulent when young, becoming glabrous. Panicles umbel-like; peduncles absent; bracteoles rarely persistent, lanceolate, 2 mm. Pedicels 30–40 mm, glabrous or slightly villous. Flowers 35–40 mm diam.; hypanthium constricted distal to ovaries, glabrous or sparsely villous; sepals triangular-ovate, 4–5 mm, equal to or shorter than tube, apex acute or acuminate, abaxial surface glabrous, adaxial hairy; petals white, sometimes pink-white, obovate, 15 mm, claws 1 mm, margins crenulate, apex rounded; stamens 20, 6–8 mm, anthers white before dehiscence; styles 3(or 4), basally connate to 1/2 length, 7–9 mm, slightly longer than stamens, proximally tomentose. Pomes greenish yellow with red blush, ellipsoid or subglobose, 10 mm diam., cores enclosed at apex; sepals deciduous; sclereids sparse to moderate surrounding core. Seeds brown. 2n = 51, 68.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–May; fruiting Aug–Sep.
Habitat: Slopes and valleys
Elevation: 0–2900 m


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Introduced; Ill., Wash., Asia, introduced also in Europe.


Malus hupehensis is possibly naturalized in Egypt.

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Lower Taxa

... more about "Malus hupehensis"
Elizabeth E. Dickson +
(Pampanini) Rehder +
Pyrus hupehensis +
Tea or flowering tea crabapple +
Ill. +, Wash. +, Asia +  and introduced also in Europe. +
0–2900 m +
Slopes and valleys +
Flowering Apr–May +  and fruiting Aug–Sep. +
J. Arnold Arbor. +
Introduced +
Malus domestica var. hupehensis +  and M. theifera +
Malus hupehensis +
species +