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Taxon: Prunus cerasus L. var. marasca (Host) Viv.

Genus: Prunus subgenus: Cerasus section: Cerasus
Family: Rosaceae subfamily: Amygdaloideae tribe: Amygdaleae
Nomen number: 104727
Place of publication: Fl. dalmat. 3:258. 1842
Name verified on: 01-Apr-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 17-Jun-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis (DAV).


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Common names:

  • Maraschino cherry   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – English
  • Maraschino-Kirsche   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Southeastern Europe: Croatia

  • also cultivated


  • Dirlewanger, E. et al. 2007. Chapter 3. Cherry. In: Kole. C., ed., Genome mapping and molecular breeding in plants (7 vols.) 4:103–118. [this review mentioned that because of its distinctiveness it was classified at the subspecific level citing "Prunus cerasus Márasca (Reichb.) Schneid."].
  • Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. [lists as Prunus cerasus var. marasca (Host) Vis.].
  • Encke, F. 1958–1961. Pareys Blumengaertnerei, ed. 2.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Iezzoni, A. F. 2008. Chapter 5. Cherries. Pp. 151–175 in: Hancock, J. F., ed., Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics. [mentions that this species (as Prunus marasca) is wild in parts of Yugoslavia].
  • Pandey, A. et al. 2008. Genetic resources of Prunus (Rosaceae) in India. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 55:91–104. [cultivated].
  • Rehder, A. 1949. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs.


Check other web resources for Prunus cerasus L. var. marasca (Host) Viv.:

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops

Check other databases for images:

  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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