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Leaves simple, rarely pinnate. Stipules on the very base of the petiole, free or connate. Ovules 2, rarely 1, ascending.


The tribe as recognized here confirms to the subfamily Maloideae of most classifications. In that group often two taxa are recognized, e.g. as Sorbeae and Crataegeae. Of the genera in Malesia only the non-indigenous Cotoneaster and Pyracantha belong to the latter group. Iketani & Ohashi in a recent paper [] recorded the anatomical structure of the fruits of 'Sorbeae' and drew conclusions about evolutionary trends and phylogenetic relationships. The inclusion of Stranvaesia in Photinia is supported by them, Micromeles is included in Aria, and Pourthiaea is considered to be a genus distinct from Photinia [see also ).