Willow-leaved Pear, Dorset
A group of flowers
Stamens with bilobed anthers
Close-up of anthers and style
Close-up of linear stigmas
Closer view of willow-like leaves
April to May
It is very thinly scattered throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway –
It is a neophyte, which was introduced to the UK in the 1780s
and grown as an ornamental tree in gardens, amenity areas
It is mainly found in the wild as a garden relic.
Willow-leaved Pear is a silver-leaved deciduous tree
growing up to 8m.
The flowers are up to 2cm and have 5 white, overlapping
There are approximately 20 anthers with white filaments
and dark-red bilobed anthers.
The style is light green with 5 linear stigmas.
Fruits are inedible, small, astringent green pears.
The leaves are silvery-blue-grey, wavy, narrow and up
The branches hang downwards and give the tree attractive
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