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Taxon: Cornus mas L.

Genus: Cornus
Family: Cornaceae subfamily: Cornoideae
Nomen number: 11563
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:117. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 09-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-1995
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 60 in National Plant Germplasm System.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • cornelian-cherry   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • sorbet   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • cornouiller mâle   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Kornelkirsche   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • cornejo común   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • cornejo macho   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • körsbärskornell   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Dict Gard; Eur Gard F)
  • Human food: beverage base   (used to make preserves & Vin de Cornoulle fide Dict Econ Pl)
  • Human food: fruit   (used to make preserves & Vin de Cornoulle fide Dict Econ Pl)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Hungary; Switzerland
    East Europe: Moldova; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece; Italy; Romania
    Southwestern Europe: France

  • also cultivated



Check other web resources for Cornus mas L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Cornus mas cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional 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.
URL: (26 November 2015)

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