Common name: Sour Cherry
Prunus cerasus L. APNI*
Description: Small deciduous tree with glabrous branches, suckering from the roots.
Leaves elliptic to obovate, mostly 4–8 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely hairy, margins doubly toothed; petiole 5–20 mm long, glandular.
Flowers in clusters surrounded by erect bud scales and a few leafy bracts at base; each c. 25 mm diam.; pedicels 10–35 mm long.
Fruit depressed-globose, 15 mm diam., red, flesh sour. Occasionally forming clumps from suckering shoots.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
The Sweet Cherry, P. avium L., is cultivated in cooler climates and is possibly naturalized from discarded seeds. It differs in the larger leaves that are ± pubescent, the inflorescences leafless and the sweet fruit. Formerly in family Amygdalaceae.
Text by G. J. Harden & A. N. Rodd
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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