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|Family: Lythraceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Punica||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Punica granatum L.
Stem: < 5 m. Leaf: blade 1--9 cm, >> petiole, oblong- or lance-ovate, shiny adaxially. Flower: 2--3 cm; hypanthium, petals bright orange-red to pale yellow. Fruit: 5--12 cm, red-brown. Seed: red (+- white). Chromosomes: n=8,9.
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed ground; Elevation: < 500 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SnJV, s CCo, SnGb, n SCo; Distribution Outside California: native southeastern Europe, Asia, to Himalayas. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul Note: Widely cultivated in warm areas for fruit (seeds edible, source of grenadine; juice popular antioxidant), ornamental (dwarf, doubled-flowered forms); often naturalized.
Unabridged Note: Persistent calyx on fruit said to have inspired King Solomon's crown.
eFlora Treatment Author: Shirley A. Graham
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Punica
Next taxon: Rotala
Citation for this treatment: Shirley A. Graham 2016. Punica granatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=40368, accessed on October 20, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on October 20, 2016.