Eriobotrya japonica. LOQUAT. China
ROSACEAE (Rose family)
ehind the southeast corner of the Main Quad there is a
quiet spot, where, at the right season you will find some knowledgeable person
eating the loquats. Sometimes the big shiny brown seeds nearly fill the orange-yellow
skin of the loquat, which is an inch or more in diameter, but a juicy ripe loquat
is very good. The leaves are as much as a foot long, toothed, lens-shaped, and
furry beneath. The fruit may have fur too, but it rubs off. Spontaneous seedlings
appear freely, for example at the northwest corner of the Faculty Club. A very
large spreading specimen that produces volunteer seedlings is in the northeast
intersection of Palm Drive and Arboretum Road. Using the short cut to Greek mentioned
under Melaleuca elliptica
look for an English
word beginning with erio
-. As a matter of fact there is one, and very
interesting reading it is too. Furthermore, we find that erion
for wool. By the same method one finds that botrus
is Greek for grape:
the loquat is a woolly berry! Of course, before popping a loquat in your mouth
you have to shine it by rubbing off the fuzz. See Citrus
for the Chinese etymology.
Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951.
An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd.
2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
Illustrations (links open new windows): Silhouettes
from Trees of Stanford & its Environs
Name derivation, genus | species Greek erion (wool) and botrys (cluster of grapes), referring to the wooly inflorescence/fruits | from Japan
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