Prunus subg. Padus

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Prunus subg. Padus
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Prunus virginiana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Prunus subg. Padus
(Mill.) Peterm.

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Prunus subg. Padus is a subgenus of Prunus, characterised by having racemose inflorescences. Padus was originally a distinct genus, but genetic and morphological studies have shown that Padus is polyphyletic.[1][2] It has been proposed that all the racemose taxa within Prunus (Padus, Maddenia, Laurocerasus and Pygeum) are incorporated into a broad-sense Prunus subg. Padus.[3] However, this broad-sense Prunus subg. Padus is not monophyletic either.[1][2]



Species formerly included in the genus Padus are mostly incorporated into this subgenus, except P. maackii and P. xingshanensis which are included in Prunus subg. Cerasus.[4] They are deciduous and have small, sour fruit usually only palatable to birds, hence the name bird cherries. Bird cherries are native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, including:[5][1]


Species formerly included in the genus Maddenia (Chinese: 假稠李, false bird cherries, or 臭樱, odorous cherries) form a monophyletic group. They are similar to bird cherries but lack petals. There are three species:[6][7][8]

  • Prunus himalayana (synonym: Prunus gongshanensis) – Himalayan false bird cherry, southwestern China, Myanmar, Himalaya
  • Prunus hypoleuca (synonyms: Prunus fujianensis, Prunus incisoserrata) – false bird cherry, China
  • Prunus hypoxantha – Sichuan false bird cherry, western to central China


Species formerly included in the genus Laurocerasus (cherry laurels) are evergreen and distributed in subtropics and tropics. Examples are:


The Pygeum group is monophyletic if P. africana (possibly as well as P. crassifolia) is excluded. All the species formerly included in the genus Pygeum, except P. africana, are native to tropical Asia and Oceania. They are similar to cherry laurels but lack petals. Examples are:[9]


  1. ^ a b c Liu, Xiao-Lin; Wen, Jun; Nie, Ze-Long; Johnson, Gabriel; Liang, Zong-Suo; Chang, Zhao-Yang (2013-05-01). "Polyphyly of the Padus group of Prunus (Rosaceae) and the evolution of biogeographic disjunctions between eastern Asia and eastern North America". Journal of Plant Research. 126 (3): 351–361. doi:10.1007/s10265-012-0535-1. ISSN 1618-0860. PMID 23239308. S2CID 5991106.
  2. ^ a b Zhao, Liang; Jiang, Xi-Wang; Zuo, Yun-juan; Liu, Xiao-Lin; Chin, Siew-Wai; Haberle, Rosemarie; Potter, Daniel; Chang, Zhao-Yang; Wen, Jun (2016-06-13). "Multiple events of allopolyploidy in the evolution of the racemose lineages in Prunus (Rosaceae) based on integrated evidence from nuclear and plastid data". PLOS ONE. 11 (6): e0157123. Bibcode:2016PLoSO..1157123Z. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157123. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4905661. PMID 27294529.
  3. ^ Shi, Shuo; Li, Jinlu; Sun, Jiahui; Yu, Jing; Zhou, Shiliang (2013). "Phylogeny and classification of Prunus sensu lato (Rosaceae)". Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 55 (11): 1069–1079. doi:10.1111/jipb.12095. ISSN 1744-7909. PMID 23945216.
  4. ^ 李朝銮; 蒋舜媛 (1998-07-10). "杏属和樱属植物新组合". 植物分类学报 (in Chinese). 36 (4): 367–372. ISSN 1674-4918.
  5. ^ "Padus in Flora of China". Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  6. ^ Chin, Siew-Wai; Wen, Jun; Johnson, Gabriel; Potter, Dan (2010-11-01). "Merging Maddenia with the morphologically diverse Prunus (Rosaceae)". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 164 (3): 236–245. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2010.01083.x. ISSN 0024-4074.
  7. ^ Wen, Jun; Shi, Wenting (2012-04-17). "Revision of the Maddenia clade of Prunus (Rosaceae)". PhytoKeys (11): 39–59. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.11.2825. ISSN 1314-2003. PMC 3332034. PMID 22577333.
  8. ^ Huang, Wenxin; Wu, Baohuan; Shi, Wenting; Yang, Haijun; Cui, Dafang (2019). "Leaf venation characteristics and its taxonomic significance of Prunus Linn. (s. l.)". Journal of Plant Resources and Environment (in Chinese). 28 (4): 11–23.
  9. ^ Zhao, Liang; Potter, Daniel; Xu, Yuan; Liu, Pei-Liang; Johnson, Gabriel; Chang, Zhao-Yang; Wen, Jun (2018). "Phylogeny and spatio-temporal diversification of Prunus subgenus Laurocerasus section Mesopygeum (Rosaceae) in the Malesian region". Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 56 (6): 637–651. doi:10.1111/jse.12467. ISSN 1759-6831.

External links[edit]

  • North Dakota State University agriculture information page about Prunus virginiana [1]