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

Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Cerasus
Section: Cerasus
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Amygdaleae
Nomen number: 104727
Place of publication: Fl. dalmat. 3:258. 1851
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 01-Apr-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 17 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: beverage base (fide Genet Res Crop Evol 55:99. 2008)

Distributional Range:



    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Dirlewanger, E. et al. 2007. Chapter 3. Cherry. Genome mapping and molecular breeding in plants (7 vols.) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. 4:103-118. Note: this review mentioned that because of its distinctiveness it was classified at the subspecific level citing "Prunus cerasus Márasca (Reichb.) Schneid."
  2. Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage Note: lists as Prunus cerasus var. marasca (Host) Vis.
  3. Encke, F. 1958-1961. Pareys Blumengaertnerei, ed. 2.
  4. Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage
  5. Garofulić, I. E. et al. 2015. The effect of has phase plasma treatment on the anthocyanin and phenolic acid content of sour cherry Marasca (Prunus cerasus var. Marasca) juice. LWT-Food Sci, Technol. 62:894-900. Note: as an "autochtonous Croatian cultivar"
  6. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  7. Iezzoni, A. F. 2008. Chapter 5. Cherries. Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics 151-175. Note: mentions that this species (as Prunus marasca) is wild in parts of Yugoslavia
  8. Pandey, A. et al. 2008. Genetic resources of Prunus (Rosaceae) in India. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 55:91-104. Note: this study included Prunus cerasus among the minor cultivated species; var. marasca qualities are mentioned
  9. Rehder, A. 1949. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs.

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

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=104727. Accessed 25 May 2020.