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Prinsepia is a genus of trees in the Rosaceae. It bears fruit which looks like a cherry. The various species grow largely in Nepal, India, China, Bangladesh, and Taiwan,[1] though P. sinensis is hardy in zone 4, to about −32 °C (−26 °F).[2]

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Prinsepia uniflora
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Exochordeae
Genus: Prinsepia

Prinsepia sinensis Oliv. ex Bean
Prinsepia uniflora Batalin
Prinsepia utilis Royle

Prinsepia utilis

The plant is named for James Prinsep, scholar, antiquarian, architect, secretary of the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India, and member of the well-known Prinsep family of India, an Anglo-Indian family prominent in Indian affairs for several generations.


  1. ^ Stewart, John Lindsay; Brandis, Dietrich (1874). The Forest Flora of North-west and Central India: A Handbook of the Indigenous Trees and Shrubs of Those Countries. W.H. Allen. p. 195.
  2. ^ Plants for a Future Database entry for P. sinensis