Prunus fremontii

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Prunus fremontii
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Flowers in Palm Springs, California
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
P. fremontii
Binomial name
Prunus fremontii
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Natural range of Prunus fremontii
  • Prunus fremonti S.Watson
  • Prunus eriogyna S.C. Mason
  • 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]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Prunus fremontii S.Watson
  2. ^ "Prunus fremontii". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ Michael L. Charters. "Botanical Names: F". California Plant Names: Latin and Greek Meanings and Derivations. Sierra Madre, CA. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Calflora taxon report, University of California, Prunus fremontii S. Watson desert apricot
  5. ^ SEINet, Southwestern Biodiversity, Arizona chapter photos and distribution map
  6. ^ Tropicos, Prunus fremontii S. Watson
  7. ^ Flora of North America, Prunus fremontii S. Watson 1880.Desert apricot
  8. ^ University of Michigan, Ethnobotany

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