D. Webb in Heyw., Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 74:24 (1967). Common_name: Almond.
Synonymy: Amygdalus dulcis, Prunus amygdalus
Common name: None
Large shrub or tree, often suckering, unarmed, deciduous, twigs and young shoots sparsely pubescent, soon glabrous; leaves ovate-lanceolate to elliptic, apex rounded or acute, finely serrate-crenate; stipules caducous; petiole relatively slender, with 1 or 2 glands towards the summit.
Flowers solitary or few together, white or pink, shortly pedicellate; calyx lobes spreading, pubescent; petals 5; ovary superior, densely pubescent, style single.
Fruit a dry obliquely ellipsoid drupe, densely minutely pubescent; stone 'almond' hard- or soft-shelled, pitted, grooved on 1 suture, keeled on the other.
Image source: fig 246f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Widely cultivated in gardens and orchards, long persistent in abandoned sites, sparingly naturalised in the settled districts.
S.Aust.: GT, FR, EP, NL, SL, SE. Native to northern Africa and western Asia.
Flowering time: early spring, July — Aug.
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