Crataegus azarolus L.
* Species Plantarum 1:477. 1753
Crataegus azarolus is a species of hawthorn known by the common names azarole, mosphilla, and Mediterranean medlar. It is native to the Mediterranean Basin and it is grown there and elsewhere as an ornamental tree and for its fruit. It has been used historically for a number of medicinal purposes.
C. azarolus is often divided into subspecies or varieties, for example Christensen in his monograph uses four varieties:
* C. azarolus var. azarolus
1. ^ a b Christensen, K.I. (1992) Revision of Crataegus sect. Crataegus and nothosect. Crataeguineae (Rosaceae-Maloideae) in the Old World. The American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
* Hadjimitsi, E. and I. Zabetakis. (2005). The aroma of jam prepared from fruits of mosphilla (Crataegus azarolus L.). Flavour and Fragrance Journal 20:5 507-11.
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