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

Andy Phillips andy.phillips at bbsrc.ac.uk
Tue May 28 06:17:36 EST 1996

Maarten van Helden wrote:
> >> 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 "mespelus") in a historical document from the 1860s and cannot figure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).
> Well my guess would be *Mespilus germanica* (and I think I am right), a small
> tree or large bush with edible fruits, the size of walnuts. native to europe,
> but often grown for the fruits. Fruits can be eaten when very ripe, almost
> rotting.

I think the English common name is 'Medlar'


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