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Prinsepia uniflora
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Exochordeae
Genus: Prinsepia

Prinsepia sinensis Oliv. ex Bean
Prinsepia uniflora Batalin
Prinsepia utilis Royle

Prinsepia is a genus of trees in the Rosaceae. It bears fruit which looks like a cherry. The various species grow largely in Nepal, India, China, Bangladesh, and Taiwan,[1] though P. sinensis is hardy in zone 4, to about −32 °C (−26 °F).[2]

Prinsepia utilis

The plant is named for James Prinsep, scholar, antiquarian, architect, secretary of the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India, and member of the well-known Prinsep family of India, an Anglo-Indian family prominent in Indian affairs for several generations.


  1. ^ Stewart, John Lindsay; Brandis, Dietrich (1874). The Forest Flora of North-west and Central India: A Handbook of the Indigenous Trees and Shrubs of Those Countries. W.H. Allen. p. 195.
  2. ^ Plants for a Future Database entry for P. sinensis