Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Key to Malus

1 Twigs not thorny; leaves involute or convolute in bud; leaves unlobed; [aliens, cultivated and persistent or escaping]; [section Malus].
..2 Leaves densely pubescent in bud, permanently pubescent beneath; fruits large, > 5 cm in diameter ("apples")
..2 Leaves glabrous or nearly so; fruits small, < 3.4 cm in diameter ("crabapples").
....3 Twigs pubescent; sepals persistent in fruit; fruit 20-25 (-34) mm in diameter; [section Malus]
....3 Twigs glabrous (or sparsely puberulent only when young); sepals deciduous in fruit; fruit 8-10 mm in diameter; [section Florentinae].
......4 Sepal lobes lanceolate, 5-7 mm long, longer than the calyx tube; anthers yellow; fruits globose
......4 Sepal lobes triangular-ovate, 3-5 mm long, equal to or shorter than the calyx tube; anthers white; fruits oblong or pyriform
1 Twigs thorny; leaves folded (conduplicate) in bud; leaves often lobed; [natives and aliens].
........5 Sepals deciduous in fruit; leaves (many on a tree, and not just on vigorous shoots) trilobed; [section Sorbomalus]
........5 Sepals persistent in fruit; leaves unlobed or slightly trilobed (especially on vigorous shoots); [native, sometimes weedy]; [section Chloromeles].
..........6 Fruit 40-50 mm wide; leaves mostly unlobed; branches sparsely thorny
..........6 Fruit 20-35 mm wide; leaves often lobed on vigorous shoots; branches thorny.
............ 7 Leaves permanently pubescent beneath; pedicels and hypanthium pubescent; [western, disjunct east to KY and MS]
............ 7 Leaves glabrous or nearly so; pedicels and hypanthium glabrous or with scattered long hairs; [widespread in our area].
............ ..8 Leaves elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, 2.5-8 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, mostly > 2× as long as wide, subacute to obtuse at the tip
............ ..8 Leaves ovate to ovate lanceolate, 4-10 cm long, 2-7 cm wide, mostly < 2× as long as wide, acute to acuminate at the tip