Monday, 5 October 2015

Wild cherry - Prunus avium L. - Κερασιά

Naturalized invasive
Prunus avium, commonly called wild cherrysweet cherrybird cherry, or gean, is a species of cherry native to Europe,Anatolia, Maghreb, and western Asia, from the British Isles south to Morocco and Tunisia, north to the Trondheimsfjord region in Norwayand east to the Caucasus and northern Iran, with a small isolated population in the western Himalaya. The species is widely cultivated in other regions and has become naturalized in North America and Australia.
Prunus avium, in the rose family, has a diploid set of sixteen chromosomes (2n = 16).
All parts of the plant except for the ripe fruit are slightly toxic, containing cyanogenic glycosides.
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Photos Troodos 8/7/2015  by George Konstantinou

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