Prunus mahaleb L.
  • Species plantarum, edition 1
  • Mahaleb or perfumed or St. Lucie cherry

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Prunus mahaleb L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 12 Jul 2020'

General Information

Shrubs or trees, not suckering, 30–150 dm, not thorny. Twigs with terminal end buds, densely puberulent. Leaves deciduous; petiole 4–20 mm, glabrous or ± puberulent on adaxial surface, sometimes glandular distally, glands 1–2, ?discoid?; blade broadly ovate, oblong, or suborbiculate, 1.9–4.5 × 1.2–3.4 cm, base usually rounded to truncate, sometimes subcordate, margins crenate, teeth blunt, glandular, apex abruptly acuminate, ?apicula obtuse?, surfaces usually glabrous, sometimes midribs and veins hairy abaxially. Inflorescences 4–10-flowered, corymbs; central axes 8–40 mm. Pedicels 6–18 mm (subtended by leafy bracts), glabrous. Flowers blooming at leaf emergence; hypanthium conic-campanulate, 2–3 mm, glabrous externally; sepals reflexed, oblong, 1.3–2 mm, margins entire, surfaces glabrous; petals white, elliptic to obovate, 6–7 mm; ovaries glabrous. Drupes dark red to black, ovoid, 6–10 mm, glabrous; mesocarps leathery; stones ellipsoid to subglobose, ± flattened. 2n = 16.

  • Provided by: [A].Flora of North America @
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    "Shrub or tree to 10 m, with widely spreading branches; young twigs glandular-puberulent; lvs broadly ovate to orbicular, 3–7 cm, more than half as wide, abruptly short-acuminate, rounded to subcordate at base, finely serrate, the gland near the sinus; corymbs on short, leafy-bracted branches, 4–10-fld, with a distinct axis; pedicels 1–2 cm; cal and hypanthium glabrous; pet white, glabrous, 5–8 mm; fr dark red to black, bitter, 6 mm thick; stone subglobose; 2n=16. Native of Europe, occasionally escaped from cult. in our range."

  • Provided by: [B].New York Botanical Garden
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    Other Local Names

    Mahaleb or perfumed or St. Lucie cherry


     Information From

    Flora of North America @
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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    International Union for Conservation of Nature v.3
    IUCN 2019. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-1.
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    International Union for Conservation of Nature
    IUCN 2016. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2
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    Global Tree Assessment
    BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at Accessed on 30/11/2018.
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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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