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Prunus fremontii  S. Watson
Desert apricot
Prunus fremontii is a tree or shrub that is native to California, and found only slightly beyond California borders.
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Genus: Prunus
Family: Rosaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: MAJOR (SEEDS)

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Prunus fremontii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (PRFR)

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EthnoHerbalist: ...in the springtime, this plant produces a thick almond-sized fruit. If prepared correctly, the fruit is edible, however the seeds are toxic. ... Desert apricot fruits were considered a great delicacy for the Cahuilla people of the Coachella Valley and Mojave Desert region.


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]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 01/30/2023).