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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Himalayan bird cherry-Prunus cornuta in Kashmir

Himalayan bird cherry
Synonyms: Padus cornuta

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Prunus cornuta, the Himalayan bird cherry, is a species of 
bird cherry native to the foothills of the Himalayas, 
including China and the countries of the 
Indian subcontinent. 

A medium-sized tree, it can reach 
18 m. It is used for a rootstock for 
sweet cherries in Kashmir.

Although no specific mention has been seen 
for this species, all members of the genus contain 
amygdalin and prunasin, substances which break 
down in water to form hydrocyanic acid (cyanide or prussic acid). In small amounts this exceedingly poisonous compound stimulates respiration, improves digestion and gives 

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