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Crataegus mexicana

Mexican Hawthorn

A shrub or small tree, up to 10 m tall, native to Mexico and Central America but introduced in other parts of South America, where it usually grows in open forests and thickets, at elevations between 1500 and 2700 m. It has oval shaped leaves, white, rather unpleasantly scented flowers and edible, reddish-orange apple-like fruits, about 3.5 cm in diameter. This hawthorn is very popular in Mexico and the fruits, which resemble crabapples in taste, sweet to tart with a creamy consistency, are often eaten raw, cooked or canned. The “tejocote”, as it is locally known, is used in the preparation of a fruit punch, called “ponche”, which is served during Christmas and New Year celebrations and special dishes are also made for the "Día de Muertos" (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday. Aside from the culinary applications, Crataegus mexicana is cultivated for its cosmetic, nutraceutical and medicinal uses and its wood is popular for making tool handles. An excellent fruiting tree for cool tropical and warm temperate climates.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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