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Prinsepia uniflora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae[1]
Genus: Prinsepia

P. sinensis Oliv. ex Bean
P. uniflora Batalin
P. utilis Royle

Prinsepia is a genus of trees in the Rosaceae. It bears fruit which looks like a cherry. The various species grow largely in Nepal, India, China, Bangladesh, and Taiwan,[2] though P. sinensis is hardy in zone 4, to about -32*C.[3]

Prinsepia utilis

The plant is named for James Prinsep, scholar, antiquarian, architect, secretary of the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India, and member of the well-known Prinsep family of India, an Anglo-Indian family prominent in Indian affairs for several generations.


  1. ^ Potter, D., et al. (2007). Phylogeny and classification of Rosaceae. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 266(1–2): 5–43. [Referring to the subfamily by the name "Spiraeoideae"]
  2. ^ The Forest Flora of North-west and Central India, John Lindsay Stewart, Dietrich Brandis, William H. Allen & Co., London, 1874
  3. ^ Plants for a Future Database entry for P. sinensis