Prunus armeniaca L.


Round-headed deciduous tree to 10 m tall, usually much smaller. Leaves broadly ovate, to 9 cm long, about 1.5 times longer than wide, acuminate; margin toothed. Flowers sessile, solitary or in pairs, white or pinkish, to 2.5 cm wide. Fruit globose, pubescent, pale orange, sometimes flushed with red, approximately 4 cm wide.

The apricot is an important commercial fruit crop that has been in cultivation for about 4000 years. In Australia this industry grew in the 1980s and is now stable, with most production in SA and Vic. The fruits are eaten dried, cooked or preserved. Many cultivars are available, including 'Caselin', 'Glengarry', 'Goldrich', 'Hunter' (a S Australian cultivar), 'Moorpark', 'Morocco', 'Perfection', 'Trevatt', as well as the recent cultivars,A'Clutha' PVJ 11(3)51 and A'Ruby' PVJ 11(1)62.

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Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
genus        Prunus L.