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Prunus  n.  (Bot.) A genus of trees with perigynous rosaceous flowers, and a single two-ovuled carpel which usually becomes a drupe in ripening. Note: Originally, this genus was limited to the plums, then, by Linnaeus, was made to include the cherries and the apricot. Later botanists separated these into several genera, as Prunus, Cerasus, and Armeniaca, but now, by Bentham and Hooker, the plums, cherries, cherry laurels, peach, almond, and nectarine are all placed in Prunus.

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... varieties of maize brought from the hotter parts of America were transformed in the course of only two or three generations. Dr. Falconer informs me that he has seen the English Ribston-pippin apple, a Himalayan oak, Prunus and Pyrus, all assume in the hotter parts of India a fastigate or pyramidal habit; and this fact is the more interesting, as a Chinese tropical species of Pyrus naturally has this habit of growth. ...
— The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2) • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Prunus" :   mock orange, Prunus domestica insititia, cherry laurel, chokecherry, Prunus dasycarpa, Prunus japonica, Prunus cuneata, Prunus demissa, Prunus amygdalus, family Rosaceae, rosid dicot genus, plumcot, Prunus salicina, Prunus cerasus, peach, Prunus pumila, wild orange, Prunus nigra, Prunus persica, Prunus lyonii, Prunus domestica, nectarine, Prunus mexicana, Prunus besseyi, common apricot, Prunus cerasifera, Rocky Mountains cherry, Prunus susquehanae, apricot tree, Prunus triloba, Prunus pumilla susquehanae, plum tree, Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus serotina, Prunus angustifolia, Prunus avium, Prunus subhirtella, Prunus cerasus marasca, Prunus dulcis amara, Prunus maritima, black apricot, Prunus ilicifolia, Prunus pensylvanica, Prunus capuli, Prunus tenella, Prunus incisa, Prunus dulcis, Prunus cerasus austera

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