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pyracantha

(pĭr'əkăn`thə) or

firethorn,

any hardwood evergreen shrub of the genus Pyracantha of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family). Native from S Europe to W China, pyracanthas are now cultivated elsewhere (often as hedge plants or espaliered on walls) for their red fruits and spiny branches. P. coccinea, also called everlasting thorn, is the most popular; it now grows wild in parts of North America. Pyracantha is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.
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To feed that pyracantha to the New Guinea stick insects, McCurry dons heavy leather gloves and lowers a flask of branches into a case.
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The scientific name pyracantha can literally be translated into fire (Greek pyr) reflecting the colour, and thorn (Greek akantha) -anyone who has ever pruned one will know about the thorns.
PYRACANTHA (FIRETHORN) If you're looking for masses of rich-coloured autumn berries, look no further than the pyracantha - a hardy evergreen shrub which produces masses of red, orange or yellow berries, depending on which type you choose.
Not only do pyracanthas make a most reliable garden shrub but they make fantastic wall plants, too.
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