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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Rosales

Familia: Rosaceae
Subfamilia: Amygdaloideae
Tribus: Amygdaleae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: P. subg. Prunus
Sectio: P. sect. Amygdalus
Species: Prunus argentea

Prunus argentea (Lam.) Rehder

Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Cambridge, MA 3:27. 1922
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Prunus argentea, sometimes called the silver almond, is a species of wild almond found in the Levant, Turkey, Iraq and western Iran. It is a thorny shrub 0.5 to 3 m tall, with rough gray or brown bark. Its leaves are silvery white due to a covering of pubescent hairs.[3] The leaves have a 1-5 mm petiole and the leaf blades are 10 to 44 mm long and 10 to 23 mm wide. Its inflorescences have red hypanthia and sepals, and pale pink or pink petals. The flowers are borne on a pedicel about 1 to 3 mm long, which lengthens to 2 to 7 mm when the fruit is fully developed.[3] It is found growing in a variety of habitats; open oak woodlands, rocky slopes, dry silted areas, and steep banks of streams, at 500 to 2000 m above sea level.[3] A genetic study showed that its closest relative is probably Prunus haussknechtii.[4][5]

In warmer areas of Europe it is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental garden plant for its fragrant rose-pink flowers and attractive foliage, but it must be planted in a protected spot for best results.[6]

J. Arnold. Arbor. 3: 27. 1922
Encycl., 1, 1: 103. 1783
Yazbek, Mariana Mostafa (February 2010). Systematics of Prunus Subgenus Amygdalus: Monograph and Phylogeny (PDF) (PhD). Cornell University. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
Vafadar, Mahnaz; Kazempour Osaloo, Shahrokh; Attar, Farideh (31 March 2014). "Molecular phylogeny of the genus Amygdalus (Rosaceae) based on nrDNA ITS and cpDNA trnS-trnG sequences". Turkish Journal of Botany. 38 (3): 439–452. doi:10.3906/bot-1303-46. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
"IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Prunus argentea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 13 February 2014.
Gwyn Lewis, B.M. (1906). A Concise Handbook of Garden Shrubs. London: Methuen. p. 120.

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