Can you ID plant called "mespealis"/"mespelus"?

Larry Daley daleyl at bcc.orst.edu
Tue Jun 4 12:24:51 EST 1996


Shane Bernard:

I would like to find out if you got my post suggesting that it was
Manilkara zapota (L.) v.Royen, the mespel of the Virgin Islands, the
nispero, sapodilla, zapote of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, and
the fruit of the chicle tree.  Also have interest in your old document.

larry daley

On Sun, 26 May 1996, John Black wrote:

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> In article <31A7986F.614A at ionia.demon.co.uk>, Mike Hardman
> <mike at ionia.demon.co.uk> writes
> >Shane K. Bernard wrote:
> >> 
> >> Ran across a reference to a plant called "mespealis" (also spelled
> >> "mespelus") in a historical document from the 1860s and cannot figure
> >> out what kind of plant this is, nor even the correct spelling.
> >> 
> >> I believe the fruit of this plant (or tree?) was edible and grew in
> >> tropical or subtropical regions (such as Louisiana and Cuba).
> >> 
> >> Please reply if you have info on this species to:
> >> skb8721 at tam2000.tamu.edu
> >> 
> >> Thanks,
> >> SKB
> >
> >I'd guess - Mespilus - Amelanchier - prob. A. canadensis, though maybe 
> >lamarckii.
> >I usually hear the name as Snowy Mespilus.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >
> >------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >Mike Hardman , Aldershot, Hampshire, UK.
> >International Violet Association, Butterfly Conservation, WWFN, etc...
> >Freelance Photographer, Writer, and Computer Consultant.
> 
> 
> Further to Mikes reply, also known as A. Ovalis Medikus
> 
> johnblack at aromatrading.co.uk
> -- 
> John Black
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