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(medlar; family Rosaceae)

A monotypic genus of trees, close to Malus but with the carpels exposed in a disc within the wide ring of the persistent calyx at the top of the fruit, and with solitary flowers and large, leaf-like sepals. Fruits can be eaten when they become soft and brown. They are native to south-eastern Europe and central Asia.

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