Crataegus orientalis

Crataegus orientalis, known as oriental hawthorn,[2] is a species of hawthorn native to the Mediterranean region, Turkey, Caucasia, Crimea, and western Iran, with fruits that are orange or various shades of red.[1]

Crataegus orientalis
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Crataegus orientalis subsp. orientalis
Scientific classification
C. orientalis
Binomial name
Crataegus orientalis

C. boissieri Willk.
C. × destefani Lojac.
C. eriocarpa Pomel
C. odoratissima Hornem.
C. pojarkovae Kossych
C. pubescens C.Presl non Steud.
C. pycnoloba var. parnassica Diapulis
C. sanguinea Schrad. non Pall.
C. sericella Pojark.
C. szovitsii Pojark.
C. tournefortii Griseb.

This species is highly variable. Knud Ib Christensen in his monograph[1] divides it into four subspecies:


Culinary usesEdit

In Caucasia the fruits are either eaten raw or used to make a type of sweet bread.[1]

Flowers of C. orientalis subsp. orientalis

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Christensen, Knud Ib (1992). Revision of Crataegus sect. Crataegus and nothosect. Crataeguineae (Rosaceae-Maloideae) in the Old World. Systematic Botany Monographs. 35. American Society of Plant Taxonomists. ISBN 978-0-912861-35-7.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.

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