Pyrus pashia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 236-237 236 1825. (Syn: Aria crenata (D.Don) Decne.; Cormus crenata (D.Don) Koehne; Pyrus crenata D.Don; Pyrus kumaoni Decne.; Pyrus pashia var. kumaoni (Decne.) Stapf; Pyrus variolosa Wall. ex G.Don; Pyrus verruculosa Bertol.; Pyrus wilhelmii C.K.Schneid.);
Iran to S. Central China and Indo-China: Afghanistan, Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, India, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Common name: Himalayan Pear, Indian wild pear, Wild pear • Hindi: Mehal, Mole, कैनठ Kainath, कैंठ Kainth • Khasi: Soh jhur • Nepali: मयल Mayal • Mizo: Chalthei, Vul
Wild pear, soh-shur, soh-jhur, chalthei (Assam); kainth, chotia. kainth, shegal (Himachal Pradesh); mahal mol (Hindi); mehol mol (Kumaon); passi (Nepal); kainth, shegal (Punjab);
Wild Himalayan Pear, a deciduous tree with ovate finely toothed leaves, white flowers with red anthers and 2-4 cm brown fruits withj dark dots. the fruit is acrid to taste, monkeys enjoy this;

Rosaceae Fortnight: Pyrus pashia from Kud in J & K-GSSEP75/75 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Pyrus pashia Buch.-Ham ex Don, Prodr. fl. nepal. 236. 1825
Wild Himalayan Pear, a deciduous tree with ovate finely toothed leaves, white flowers with red anthers and 2-4 cm brown fruits with dark dots.
Photographed from Kud in J & K in June


Rosaceae week-Pyrus pashia from Morni Hills- Haryana:
This is Pyrus pashia shot from Morni Hills, the fruit is acrid to taste, monkeys enjoy this, the tree is very common in the area.

Would like to know the altitude of Morni Hills.

I could never carry GPS system there, but my information is around 1200-1400 m, this is quite low elevation.

Pyrus pashia, Himalayan wild pear, photographed from Rudrapryag in Uttarakhand.


Rosaceae Week : 06102011-BS-I small tree for id from Shimla:
10 feet high
with white flowers
My Guess P. pashia


Rosaceae Week: Pyrus pashia from:
Pyrus pashia
Wild Himalayan Pear, a deciduous tree with ovate finely toothed leaves, white flowers with red anthers and 2-4 cm brown fruits withj dark dots.
Photographed from Kud in J & K in June

Pyrus paschia:
Pyrus paschia
Friuts edible
at Loharkhet, Uttarakhand
07 /10/2012

Yes … Nice photographs

Fruits for ID : Pahalgam : 201011 : AK-1 : Attachments (1). 6 posts by 3 authors.
Fruits seen at a public garden at Pahalgam on the 7th of Sept,11.
A medium sized tree with greenish brown color fruits….about 2 inches long.
Pahalgam is at a height of 2130 meters above sea level.
Look like Pears.

Fruits are not very clear but looks like Pyrus pashia

Some more pictures of the same.

Agreed sir, it is infact Pyrus pashia only. I have seen small as well as large fruits with the name of this species.

Morni Hills 2014: Pyrus pashia:: NS Feb 04 : Attachments (4). 1 post by 1 author.
This is also in blooms these days (27.2.14), though flowers have not yet fully expanded their stamens….
wanted to share my clicks..
Pyrus pashia Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don

Pyrus sp. for ID? – en-route Niharni – GHNP – PKA74 :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).

Seen this tree en-route Niharni at GHNP at an altitude of approx 1900m.
Bot. name: Pyrus sp.. ( ID Pl.)
Family: Rosaceae
Date/Time: 02-10-2014 / 12:10PM

wild pear of the himalays?
any thorns on the branches?

It is Pyrus pashia


Prunus? Sn Nov 14 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Id request, small tree from foot hill area of Dehradun

This rather looks like a Pyrus sp.

Yes, Looks like Pyrus pashia

HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID – Wild tree :: ARKNOV-60 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Requesting to please provide ID of this wild tree captured near Mcleodganj (Naddi), HP in October 2014.

Looks like Pyrus pashia (Rosaceae).

Thank you … for the ID… Attaching the cropped pic of the fruit.
Attachments (1)

Yes, Pyrus pashia as suggested.

it had been suggested sometime back that it may be sliced and dried and used as source of vit c a later in the season, since no many people eat this…
is it being done? and used locally?//
i have never seen it in markets… in Bengal.

*Pyrus pashia/ABMAR29 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

These are blossoming now rivalling the cherry blossoms of the autumn. Most of these wild pears have been leafless for a couple of months attracting birds with their fruits in late autumn and early winter. I am quite confident that I have the correct ID as several of these I have seen in fruit before. I am also suspecting that my 14 Feb post was also this.
Pyrus pashiaHimalayan Pear or Indian Wild Pear
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
27 March 2015

very nice. do locals eat or use the fruits in any way?

Thanks … Yes, the locals eat it off the trees when these are black and soft (below) but not in a big way. Majority is still consumed by birds.

Thanks, … for completing the set with beautiful facts & pictures

well, very nice, Ashwini. i am sure God created these not just for humans. somehow homo sapiens has taken to thinking
(esp after the industrial revolution) that we are the center of the
universe… a little spiritual meditation or day dreaming brings
me to realize that its just a figment of somebody’s
egocentric imagination….  fruit trees were I think best enjoyed by birds, animals, little children and   then us. in that order. dont you think so?
so now what kind of birds are attracted to these trees? that would be interesting follow up.

I feel the same way … Local children always had an eye for wild fruits but that sadly is changing as they spend less time outdoors. That means the birds have a feast. I have seen most species on a pear tree one time or the other and have managed to photograph a couple. Variegated Laughing and Blue Whistling thrushes, the Grey-winged Blackbird, Great Barbet, Rufous Sibia, Himalayan Bulbul, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie…the list goes on. Here are some images;

Thanks, …, You certainly are a wonderful photographer with knowledge of both flora & fauna.

just this weekend the Sunday Statesman magazine 8th day had this old essay reprinted (as they do always) on the last page
Its about the birds that come to the coral tree but not to similar flowers of Butea monosperma (i wondered why).
and he also talks of the great mimicker bird the Chloropsis
i do not know any thing about this Jendron’s bird.
I though you would enjoy this look back at the diary of a bird watcher.

Thank you very much … for this. M Krishnan is one of my favourite authors and his books ‘Of Birds and Birdsong’ and ‘Nature’s Spokesman’ are my treasured possessions. I strongly recommend him to those who are not yet familiar with his wonderful writing.

mine too. love those two books


Pyrus pashia, locally known as ‘Kainth’/ ‘Shegal’ in different areas in the state.
Ripe fruits of some trees are edible.
Flowering profusely, it transforms the entire area with white hue.

Pyrus pashia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Sharing a picture of P. pashia shot at Nagarkot, Nepal on 8 July 2016 at 7000 ft.


Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  

Date: 2 April 2018
Altitude: 6600 ft.
Habit: Wild
Attachments (5)

Pyrus pashia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (accepted name) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (11)
Location: Pilot Baba Ashram, Bhaktapur , Nepal
Altitude:  5500 ft.
Date: 26 September 2016
Pyrus pashia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (accepted name)
Nepali Name: मयल Mayal

Yes, this is correctly identified. The ‘Himalayan Pear’ is edible when half-rotten. Recorded from 750-2600m in Nepal as a whole; many places in Kathmandu Valley between 1300-2000m.  Known from Afghanistan to SE China & Myanamar in shrubberies especially cultivated areas. Leaves are cut for fodder and the wood used for fuel and small implements in some parts of the Himalaya.


Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude:6600 ft.
Date: 12 November 2017
Attachments (3)

Pyrus pashia AT/JAN2019/07 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3) – 1 mb, 4 mb & 211 kb.

Pyrus pashia
Himalayan pear, Kainth
March 205


Id of Fruit – ID30112019SH3 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3) – around 950 kb each.
Fruit for id pl.
Location -Mandal (Uttarakhand)
Date – November 2019

I think Pyrus pashia fruit

Yes. Than you …

Kullu Himachal Pradesh, October 21, 2009; Uttaranchal- 5000-6000 ft.- Oct’09;

ID request: 16112010_DS_SN1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Pyrus pashia from Kullu – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Fruits of Pyrus pyrifolia: 1 high res. image.

Please check fruit size and leaf margin for possibility of P. pashia.

Pyrus pashia


Fruits of Pyrus pyrifolia: 1 high res. image.

Please check fruit size and leaf margin for possibility of P. pashia.

Pyrus pashia

This is Pyrus pashia


Pyrus pyrifolia: 1 high res. image.
Location Rajouri j and k
Date: 15-05-2019
Habit: Tree

Leaf margin suggests P. pashia, check ripe fruit size.

It’s not Pyrus pashia sir

Looks different from images at Pyrus pyrifolia
I think it is a young fruit of Pyrus pashia only, as per images herein.

Sir this is not Pyrus pashia

Pl. check the images at Pyrus pashia
I still think it is this. Not at all as per images at Pyrus pyrifolia

These are ripened fruits of Pyrus pyrifolia

Pyrus pashia looks good !