Punica

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Punica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/punica/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

Family

  • Punicaceae

Species in genus

Glossary

family
A group of genera more closely related to each other than to genera in other families. Names of families are identified by the suffix ‘-aceae’ (e.g. Myrtaceae) with a few traditional exceptions (e.g. Leguminosae).

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Punica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/punica/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

A genus of two species, the one not treated here – P. protopunica – a native of the island of Sokotra in the Gulf of Aden; for the remaining distribution see below. Punica was once placed in the Lythraceae (Loose­strife family), which is mainly herbaceous and temperate, but contains a few woody genera of the tropics and subtropics, such as Lagerstroemia. It is certainly allied to this family and also to the tropical Sonneratiaceae, but it now usually placed in a separate family, of which it is the only member.

The generic name derives from the Roman Pomum (or Malum) punicum, the Carthage apple, probably from the fact that the finest fruits came from there, while the specific epithet for the common pomegranate – granatum – derives from another name used by the Romans; this was Malum (or Pomum) granatum – the apple with the grain-like seeds.

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