Taxon  Report   6898 
Prunus virginiana  L.  var. demissa  (Nutt.) Torr.
Chokecherry,  Western choke cherry, Western chokecherry
Prunus virginiana var. demissa
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Prunus virginiana var. demissa
© 2009 Barry Breckling
Prunus virginiana var. demissa
© 2013 Neal Kramer
Prunus virginiana var. demissa, a dicot, is a tree or shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Prunus virginiana var. demissa
© 2008 Keir Morse
Family: ROSACEAE  
Genus: Prunus
Parent Record Prunus virginiana
Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, wetland-riparian
Habitat: slopes
Wetlands: Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Toxicity: MAJOR (SEEDS)   [California Poison Control System]    
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Prunus demissa
PLANTS: Prunus virginiana ssp. demissa
ICPN: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa
More information about  Prunus virginiana var. demissa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Sep 24, 2018).

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