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At least, they might be loquats. If anyone knows for sure, do tell.
Loquats, perhapsAt the corner of Bordeaux and Constance Sts., New Orleans
April 20, 2009 in New Orleans | Permalink
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Yes, loquat (Eriobotrya). Related to - but not the same as - medlar (Mespilus).
Confusion arises, though, when the tree in your pic is called by some folks in N.O. a "mizplease" (read: "miss please" and imagine demanding little hands reaching over backyard fences). Because of that nickname, I used to think the trees in Louisiana arrived by way of Europe, and were descended from the Italian Mespilus/'nespolo'/medlar. Aggrivating things further, some francophones still call it a nèfle du japon - Japanese Medlar.
Turns out it's a misnomer, entrenched by the fact that the two trees are (apparently) related and have a similar morphology.
So them's loquats. That's what I'm saying.
April 21, 2009 at 12:25 AM
I hear you.
Dave Cook |
April 21, 2009 at 01:39 AM
Loquat might be the official name, but we call them kumquats in New Orleans
April 21, 2009 at 09:21 AM
they're not loquats, they're Japnoicas....they grow all over town down here
April 21, 2009 at 12:14 PM
everyone is wrong they're neither loquats or kumquats, they're Japonicas
April 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM
^ As you can see - local misnomers abound, with no regard for species or sensible nomenclature.
I blame backyard gardeners for this.
April 21, 2009 at 08:11 PM
Regarding the loquat vs. kumquat debate, kumquats are small citrus fruits, while loquats look similar to the fruit in the photo (regardless of whether those fruits are actually loquats)
May 06, 2009 at 03:30 PM
Loquat is a Japonica(Eriobotrya Japonica)or Japanese plum.
For nomenclature purposes.
May 09, 2009 at 06:23 PM
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