CalPhotos    Photo Database

Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera; Service Tree   

Contributors      Log In  

click photo for larger file
Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera
Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera
Service Tree
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 1113 0549 (2013-11-04)

Copyright © 2013 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Aug 27, 2013
  • latitude 44.63722   longitude 14.39311     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Island Lošinj, near St. Jakov village, Kvarner bay, Adriatic Sea (Rijeka region, Croatia)
  • family Rosaceae
  • notes   Slo.: škorž - Habitat: stony hills of Adriatic Sea shore, abandoned fields and Mediterranean makia edge, almost flat terrain, calcareous ground, full sun, average precipitations ~1.200 mm/year, average temperature 16 deg C, elevation 20 m (60 feet), Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: red karst type soil. - Comment: Growing solitary. Generally this is a quite rare tree today, almost totally forgotten and being listed as an rare and endangered species in Switzerland, Austria and Britain. In Slovenia one can find it only here and there being almost rare too. In the sub- and Mediterranean region of Croatia it is more frequent. However, long time ago the situation was quite different. Sorbus domestica was a common tree species in woods as well in cultivation. It was known as useful species for its healthy fruits and wood for more than 2.000 years. In favorable conditions it grows quite large and it is a long-lived tree, with ages of up to 400 years. Its wood is beautiful. Among the European trees it belongs to those with the highest density of wood. However, its fruits picked straight off the tree are highly astringent and gritty, but when left to over-ripen it sweetness and aroma becomes something really special. The fruits have never been broadly industrially-commercially important and that is probably why they still keep their very unique and pleasant taste. The fruits can be either apple-shaped ( pomifera (Hayne) Rehder) or pear-shaped ( pyrifera (Hayne) Rehder). - 'var. pyrifera' should actually be 'fo. pyrifera', however 'fo.' is unfortunately not accepted by CalPhotos. - Ref.: (1) P.Schuett et all., Lexikon der Baum- und Straucharten, Nikol Verlag (1992), p 489.
  • camera   Canon G11, 6.1-30mm/f2.8-4.5
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_746/2013_IMG4042
  • photo category: Plant - tree

  • common names   Service Tree (photographer)
  • View all photos in CalPhotos of Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera
  • Check Google Images for Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera

  • The photographer's identification Sorbus domestica var. pyrifera has not been reviewed. Click here to review or comment on the identification.

    Using this photo   The thumbnail photo (128x192 pixels) on this page may be freely used for personal or academic purposes without prior permission under the Fair Use provisions of US copyright law as long as the photo is clearly credited with © 2013 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy. For other uses, or if you have questions, contact Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy amadej.trnkoczy[AT] (Replace the [AT] with the @ symbol before sending an email.)


    Copyright © 1995-2024 UC Regents. All rights reserved.

    CalPhotos is a project of BNHM     University of California, Berkeley