HABIT: Colonial shrub or small tree to 8 m.; flowering May;
SIMILAR SPECIES: Easily confused with the narrow-leaved
variant of the common wild crab, Pyrus coronaria L. var. lancifolia
(Rehd.) Fern. The leaves of P. angustifolia usually are blunt or
round-tipped with few, large teeth; the leaves of P. coronaria usually
are sharp-tipped with doubly-serrate margins. Intermediates are common.
TOTAL RANGE: On the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plain
from NJ to FL and LA, and n. in the interior to OH, KY, KS, and MO.
STATE RANGE: FRANKLIN: ---, 6 May 1899, E.L. Fullmer
(OS). HOCKING CO.: Benton Twp., 7 Aug. 1894, W.A. & K.F. Kellerman
(OS); Neotoma, 26 May 1940, Wolfe, Wareham > Scofield (OS). WAYNE
CO.: Killbuck Bottom, 17 May 1898, J.W.T. Duvel (OS). Braun (1961) also
lists this species from Adams County and notes that the illustration in her
book was drawn from Adams County material. Also, Roberts & Cooperrider
(1982) indicate that this species was collected in Adams County in 1925.
However, no Adams County specimens have been located.
STATE STATUS: 1980 to present: Presumed Extirpated.
HABITAT: Young woods and thickets, pastures, and old fields.
HAZARDS: Overgrowth by taller species through natural
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown, but possibly good; the species
probably is tolerant of moderate disturbance.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect complete mature species with
flowers or fruits.
COMMENTS: This species is easily mistaken for the common
wild crab. It may well be extant in Ohio and simply overlooked.
Braun, E.L. 1961. The woody plants of Ohio. The Ohio State
Univ. Press, Columbus, OH. 362 p.
Roberts, M.L. and T.S. Cooperrider. 1982. Dicotyledons. In:
Cooperrider, T.S. (ed.). Endangered and threatened plants of Ohio. Ohio Biol.
Surv. Biol. Notes No. 16: 48-84.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Created: 3/1985 Allison W. Cusick
Database Code: SPLC.860