Common name: Mahaleb Cherry
Prunus mahaleb L. APNI*
Description: Deciduous tree with young branches tomentose.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to ± circular, 1.5–5 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex short-acuminate, base rounded to cordate, margins with rounded teeth, both surfaces ± glabrous; petiole 5–20 mm long, often with 2 glands near apex.
Inflorescence a short, 6–10-flowered raceme, 3–4 c. across, with small leaf-like bracts at base; pedicels 8–15 mm long.
Fruit ovoid, c. 6 mm diam., black.
Flowering: 10–20 mm diam., white, fragrant.
Distribution and occurrence: Used as a stock for grafting other Prunus spp., occasionally naturalized. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *CT, *SWS
Formerly in family Amygdalaceae.
Text by G.J. Harden & A.N. Rodd
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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