Prunus persica (L.) Batsch

Beytr. Entw. Pragm. Gesch. Nat-Reiche 30 (1801) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Deciduous tree to 6 m high; young twigs glabrous. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 6–15 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, base cuneate to obtuse, apex acuminate, margins crenulate-serrulate, ± glabrous; petiole 5–15 mm long, glabrous, often with 1–4 glands near apex. Flowers subsessile, solitary or in pairs; pedicles 0–3 mm long, glabrous. Sepals rounded, usually pubescent, at least on margins; petals obovate to suborbicular, deep pink, rarely pale pink to white. Drupe globose, 40–80 mm diam., yellow, orange or red, velvety or glabrous, flesh sweet; stone ellipsoid, strongly flattened, furrowed, keeled.

*DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *NIS, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP.

2 varieties (Peaches and Nectarines), both present in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-01-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Prunus
Higher taxa
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prunus persica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prunus persica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory