Black Fruit Hawthorn
Share Foto info
Black Fruit Hawthorn
D Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Black Fruit Hawthorn
Botanical name: Crataegus pentagyna    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Black Fruit Hawthorn is a small tree 15-20 ft high, with hairy young shoots; thorns few, 8 mm long. Flowers are white, 1.5 cm across, borne in rather lax corymbs 5-7 cm across. Sepal-cup and flower-stalks are clothed with grey velvety hairs, stamens 20, anthers red; styles 4-5. Leaves are broadly tapered or nearly straight at the base, lobed; 2.5-7.5 cm long, nearly or quite as wide. On the barren shoots they are broadly ovate, the basal pair of lobes often deep; on the flowering shoots the leaves are narrower, diamond-shaped or obovate, with a more tapered base; all dark green and somewhat hairy above, paler and more hairy below, ultimately almost hairless; stalk 1.2-2.5 cm long, stipules large, deeply toothed. Fruit is black-purple, oval, 1.2 cm long. Black Fruit Hawthorn is native to SE & E Europe to Iran, cultivated elsewhere. Flowering: May-June.
Medicinal uses: In some traditional medicine Black Fruit Hawthorn is one of the medicinal plants that has many therapeutic effects, one being its effect on the nervous system.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,