Loquat vs. Kumquat

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Main Difference

The main difference between Loquat and Kumquat is that the Loquat is a species of plant, Loquat and Kumquat is a genus of plants.

  • Loquat

    The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica; from Cantonese Chinese: 盧橘; Jyutping: lou4gwat1) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, a native to the cooler hill regions of China to south-central China. It is also quite common in Japan, Korea, hilly Regions of India (Himachal), Potohar and foothill regions of Pakistan and some can be found in some Northern part of the Philippines, and hill country in Sri Lanka. It can also be found in some southern European countries such as Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy, Albania, Spain and Portugal; and several Middle Eastern countries including Morocco Algeria, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.It is a large evergreen shrub or tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant.

    Eriobotrya japonica was formerly thought to be closely related to the genus Mespilus, and is still sometimes known as the Japanese medlar. It is also known as Japanese plum and Chinese plum,. It is also known as pipa in China, and Nespola in Italy.

  • Kumquat

    Kumquats (or cumquats in Australian English, ; Citrus japonica) are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. They were previously classified as forming the now historical genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato.

    The edible fruit closely resembles the orange (Citrus sinensis) in color and shape but is much smaller, being approximately the size of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus.

  • Loquat (noun)

    The Eriobotrya japonica tree.

  • Loquat (noun)

    The fruit of this tree. It is as large as a small plum, but grows in clusters, and contains four or five large seeds.

  • Kumquat (noun)

    A small, orange citrus-like fruit which is native to Asia, Fortunella.

  • Loquat (noun)

    a small yellow egg-shaped acidic fruit.

  • Loquat (noun)

    the evergreen East Asian tree of the rose family that bears the loquat, cultivated both for its fruit and as an ornamental.

  • Kumquat (noun)

    an orange-like fruit related to the citruses, with an edible sweet rind and acid pulp.

  • Kumquat (noun)

    the East Asian shrub or small tree that yields the kumquat.

Oxford Dictionary

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