Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Cydonia Mill., Gard. Dict., ed. 4, (1754)

Large, deciduous shrubs or small trees, not armed or rarely  sub-spinescent;  stems spreading or semi-erect.  Lvs towards end of main stems, especially clustered on short shoots, simple, entire;  stipules large, glandular at margin, free for most of length, confined to long shoots. Fls solitary and terminal on short, lateral, leafy shoots, 5-merous, ☿, pedicellate, moderately large and showy.  Hypanthium tubular, closed at apex.  Epicalyx 0.  Sepals reflexed, persistent, connate in bud, glandular at margin.  Petals ± contorted in bud, suberect at anthesis, white to pink.  Stamens 15–25.  Ovary inferior, sunken in hypanthium;  carpels 5;  styles 5, free;  ovules many.  Fr. a fleshy pome with leathery carpel wall and abundant stone cells in flesh;  seeds many in each locule.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Cydonia Mill.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Miller, P. 1754: The Gardeners Dictionary. Vol. 2. Edition 4.