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|Family: Lauraceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Persea||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Persea americana Mill.
Stem: < 30 m. Leaf: 6--25 cm, 3--11 cm wide, narrow- to wide-elliptic, hairs 0 to sparse abaxially, 0 adaxially; basal pair of lateral veins as strong as distal, without axillary pit; petiole < blade. Inflorescence: in distal leaf axils, 5--15 cm. Flower: perianth parts 4--6 mm, ovate, hairy; staminodes small; pistil hairy. Fruit: pear-shaped or round, 5--15 cm, yellow-green to dark purple. Chromosomes: 2n=24.
Ecology: Disturbed areas, abandoned gardens; Elevation: < 580 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: native to mountains of Central America, widely cultivated for fruits. Flowering Time: Mar--May Note: Unlikely to escape cultivation areas due to large, heavy seeds.
eFlora Treatment Author: Henk van der Werff
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Persea
Next taxon: Umbellularia
Citation for this treatment: Henk van der Werff 2016. Persea americana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=37263, accessed on September 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on September 25, 2016.