Prunus virginiana


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Pru·nus vir·gi·ni·an·a

1. wild black cherry bark, the bark of Prunus serotina, used as a tonic and in cough mixtures as a bronchial sedative;
2. the choke cherry; the chief substitute and adulterant of Prunus serotina.
A deciduous shrub, the bark of which contains coumarins, cyanogenic glycosides, prussic acid, tannins, and volatile oil; it is antitussive, and an ingredient of cough syrups
Toxicity The pits and leaves contain hydrocyanic acid—which metabolizes to cyanide, causing incoordination, imbalance, possibly death
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Prunus Virginiana (choke-cherry), river side, common.
In our study, mite distribution was related to domatia on leaves of Prunus virginiana, but overall mite abundance was lower than on leaves of its congener, P.
serotina, 2003* Catalina, Prunus 115 43 45 169 lyonii, 2002 Chokecherry, common, 168 74 88 264 Prunus virginiana var.
Field guide authors describe the common chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var.
210 134 serotina, 1997 Catalina, Prunus lyonii, 1992 120 41 Chokecherry, common (typ.), 1999 168 74 Prunus virginiana var.
serotina, 210 134 70 362 1997 Catalina, Prunus lyonii, 1992 120 41 55 175 Chokecherry, common (typ.), 1999 168 74 88 264 Prunus virginiana var.