Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A.Webb


Feddes Repert. 74: 24 (1967) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Dense, deciduous shrub or tree to 8 m high, sometimes suckering; branches sometimes spiny; young twigs glabrescent. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to elliptic, 3–12 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, base obtuse, apex rounded or acute, margins finely serrate-crenate, glabrous; petiole 10–25 mm long, glabrous. Flowers solitary or in pairs on short lateral shoots, appearing before the leaves; pedicles 1–5 mm long, glabrous. Sepals rounded, glabrous except for pubescent margins; petals obovate, elliptic or suborbicular, pink, fading to whitish-pink or white. Drupe ovoid-oblong, 35–60 mm long, tomentose, grey-green, flesh dry; stone ellipsoid, strongly flattened, pitted, keeled. Flowers Jul.–Aug.

*DunT, *Gold, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA. Native to northern Africa and western Asia. Widely cultivated for its edible stone (almond), rarely recorded outside of cultivation in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-01-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Prunus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prunus dulcis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prunus dulcis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales