L., Sp. Pl. 474 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Apricot.
Tree, unarmed, deciduous; twigs and young growth sparsely pubescent soon glabrous; stipules caducous; petiole relatively slender, with 1 or 2 glands towards the summit; leaves broad-ovate to cordate, apex acute to shortly acuminate, entire, serrate.
Flowers solitary or 2 together, sessile or nearly so, borne before the leaves; sepals 5, reflexed; petals 5, shortly clawed, white or pink; stamens numerous; ovary superior, densely pubescent; style single.
fruit a drupe, subglobular, succulent, minutely pubescent; stone compressed, lenticular, smooth, with 3 ridges along 1 suture.
Image source: fig 246a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Widely cultivated in orchards and gardens, long persisting in old and abandoned gardens, sparingly established from discarded seeds, doubtfully naturalised.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. Possibly native to China.
Flowering time: in spring.
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