|Malus sp. |
|Malus coronaria (Sweet crab, native) |
|Malus ioensis (Prairie crab, native) |
|Malus baccata* (Siberian Crab, non-native) |
|Malus angustifolia (Southern crab, native to U.S., perhaps not in Michigan) |
|Malus floribunda* (Japanese flowering crab, non-native) |
|Malus ioensis, photo by Dan Mullen at Flickr under a |
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There are native and non-native Malus, but cannot be identified to species by seed alone. Species native to Michigan include M. coronaria and M. ioensis, while non-natives established in the state include M. baccata*, M. prunifolia*, and M. pumila*. Birds also consume planted ornamental crabs, such as M. floribunda*.
Seeds present in bird fecal samples at the Rouge River Bird Observatory, Dearborn, MI.
- Genus profile at USDA Plants Database (maps of established native and non-native species)
- Michigan Flora online genus key (see links above for individual species)
- University of Wisconsin-Steven Point Robert. W. Freckmann herbarium M. coronaria species profile
- Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center M. coronaria species profile
- Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Illinois M. coronaria species profile
- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Herbarium species profile for M. coronaria
* Listed as invasive in natural areas by the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.
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