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Can you ID plant called "mespealis"/"mespelus"?

Shane K. Bernard skb8721 at tam2000.tamu.edu
Fri May 24 17:12:45 EST 1996


Ran across a reference to a plant called "mespealis" (also spelled
"mespelus") in a historical document from the 1860s and cannot figure
out what kind of plant this is, nor even the correct spelling.

I believe the fruit of this plant (or tree?) was edible and grew in
tropical or subtropical regions (such as Louisiana and Cuba).

Please reply if you have info on this species to:
skb8721 at tam2000.tamu.edu

Thanks,

SKB




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