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Prunus alabamensis C. Mohr. Subgenus: Padus. Alabama Black Cherry. Phen: Apr-May; Jul-Aug. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, other xeric, acidic, sandy or rocky forests and woodlands, often associated with Pinus palustris (even in the Piedmont and Mountains). Dist: C. SC, nw. GA, n. AL south to Panhandle FL and s. AL; the NC record is based on a misidentified specimen.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Prunus alabamensis (as here recognized) has been treated in widely diverse ways: as encompassing three species, as a single entity warranting species, subspecies, or variety rank, and as a component of Prunus serotina s.s. not warranting any taxonomic recognition (see synonymy).

Synonymy: = K1, K3, K4; = Prunus serotina Ehrh. ssp. hirsuta (Elliott) McVaugh – McVaugh (1951), Robertson (1974); = Prunus serotina Ehrh. var. alabamensis (C.Mohr) Little – Fl3, FNA9, RAB, WH3; > Padus alabamensis (C.Mohr) Small – S; > Padus australis Beadle – S; > Padus cuthbertii Small – S

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