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Prunus × dasycarpa

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Prunus dasycarpa, called Purple apricot and Black apricot (Chinese: zi xing), is a species of tree. It is in the genus Prunus in the rose family, Rosaceae. The species was named by Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart in 1791.[1] The buds are reddish-orange and the flower blossoms are white. It is likely a hybrid of P. armeniaca × P. cerasifera (i.e., an apricot–cherry plum cross).[2] There is disagreement about whether this is a human-cultivated cross or a naturally occurring cross from Western Asia.[1][3]

Prunus × dasycarpa
Black apricot.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: P. dasycarpa[1]
Binomial name
Prunus dasycarpa
  • Armeniaca dasycarpa (Ehrh.) Borkh.


  1. ^ a b c "Prunus ×dasycarpa". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prunus x dasycarpa Ehrh". Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jain, S.M.; Priyadarshan, P.M. (2009), Breeding Plantation Tree Crops: Temperate Species, Springer New York, p. 84, ISBN 9780387712031 

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