Crataegus songarica K. Koch, Verh. Vereins. Beförd. Gartenbaues Königl. Preuss. Staaten 1(2): 287 1853. ;

Crataegus songarica is an Asian species of hawthorn with black fruit that is sometimes used medicinally. It is closely related to Crataegus ambigua,[1] a species that has red fruit.

The native range of the species covers much of Central Asia and Xinjiang.[1] It grows on limestone or granite, at altitudes of 800–2700 m.[1]

The plant is a tree or small shrub with thorns up to 15 mm in length. The white flowers have 18-20 stamens with purple anthers, and occur in groups of 10-20. The fruit is 6– 14 mm in diameter, slightly longer than wide, purplish-black with 1–3 stones (usually 2).[1]

(From Wikipedia on 18.9.15)


Crataegus songarica. The Indian hawthorn, photographed in Pangi valley. 

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