Pink Tree Flower (Wild Cherry)

Pink Tree Flower (Wild Cherry)

The early history of its classification is somewhat confused. In the first edition of Species Plantarum (1753), Linnaeus treated it as only a variety, Prunus cerasus var. avium, citing Gaspard Bauhin’s Pinax theatri botanici (1596) as a synonym;[clarification needed] his description, Cerasus racemosa hortensis (“Cherry with racemes, of gardens”)[clarification needed] shows it was described from a cultivated plant. Linnaeus then changed from a variety to a species Prunus avium in the second edition of his Flora Suecica in 1755.

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