Archeophyte. Non-native species, but introduced in ancient times, at least 500 years ago after Columbus discovery of the New World.
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Rare Very rare Extinct
Growth form :
Raunkiaer life form: Macro-Phanerophyte (High trees) Germination: Dicotyledon
Legal Protection :
Protected by law: schedule I of legal notice LN200/2011. (Strictly protected tree species)
Red List (1989) :
Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands
Flowering Time :
Considerd as a wild type of pear in Malta but probably it is not native but an archeophyte. It was used as rootstock to grow commercial pears, because it has the advantage to resist draught and arid situations and can grow in different types of soil. The populations in Malta and Gozo live in the wild without the intervention of man. The fruit is small and not palatable.
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