Prunus fremontii

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Prunus fremontii
Prunus fremontii closeup.jpg
Flowers in Palm Springs, California
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: P. fremontii
Binomial name
Prunus fremontii
S.Watson 1880
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Natural range of Prunus fremontii
Synonyms[1]
  • Prunus fremonti S.Watson
  • Amygdalus fremontii (S.Watson) Abrams
  • Emplectocladus fremontii (S.Watson) Dayton

Prunus fremontii is a North American species of plants in the rose family, known by the common name desert apricot.[2] It takes its scientific name from John C. Frémont.[3] It is found in northern and western Baja California especially, mostly Pacific and western, and the adjacent area of southern California. It also occurs in northern Baja California Sur.[4][5][6]

Prunus fremontii is a deciduous shrub or small tree reaching up to five meters (16 2/3 feet) in height. Flowers are white or pink, blooming about the same time as the leaves unfurl in the Spring. Fruits are yellow and egg-shaped.[7]

The fruits were an important food for Native American groups, such as the Cahuilla.[8]

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