Sorting Prunus names

Cross-index of botanical names

The names below are those found in our records only. Others can be found in the online references. At this point (2004), apart perhaps from Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D. A. Webb used for "almond", not a single botanical name has been universally accepted as "preferred name". Even the varieties of Prunus dulcis are not so widely cited. Generally speaking some authors favour Cerasus for cherries and Prunus for plums, others prefer to classify everything under Prunus. Then there are the disagreements on synonyms etc. The list below reflects our present understanding and may well still be wanting in parts. We welcome contributions, comments, suggestions.

Amygdalus - Armeniaca - Cerasus - Druparia - Laurocerasus - Louiseania - Padus - Persica - Prunus















Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Prunus Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute for Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. < > (2004).


General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < >.

Hanelt Peter et al. , 2001, Mansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops, Vol. xx. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (Editors), First English Edition, Springer.

IPK Gatersleben, 2002, Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops. < >.

IPNI, 2003, International Plant Name Index. Online Database. < >.

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Smitinand Tem, 2001, Thai Plant Names - Revised Edition by The Forest Herbarium - Royal Forest Department. Bangkok. Thailand.

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (04 May 2004).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).


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