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Cydonia oblonga (Quince) 

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

Quince flower. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Quince fruit, Houwhoek, Western Cape. [photo H. Robertson ]

The Quince Cydonia oblonga is the only member of the genus and is native to Causasia and northern Iran. It has become naturalised in the Free State, South Africa. 

Other species previously placed in Cydonia have now been transferred to the genus Chaenomeles.