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Dwarf Cherry?

Observed: 7th March 2013 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Shrub/small tree in "hedgerow at edge of industrial park; clusters of flattish flowers with prominent stamens; 5-6 white petals rounded at both ends, about 5-6mm long; believe "receptacles" are "unwaisted"; smallish, dark-green leaves (perhaps glossy uppers) not fully formed, so difficult to be certain about overall sizes; no obvious sign of red glands on leaf stalk at base of leaf.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dwarf Cherry (Prunus cerasus) interacts

Comments

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Great observation! Your notes

Great observation!

Your notes are excellent to learn to ID the species, thanks for that!

Isabel Varela

iSpot Biodiversity Mentor, London

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Feedback

Hi Isabel,

Many thanks for your encouraging feedback. It seems though that the combination of photos and description is insufficient in this case to prompt either an agreement or a contradictory identification. Maybe it will get picked up later.

Regards, John

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Further Examination

Today, 5 days after the observation above, many of the petals had been shed, leaving just the central core behind - not sure if this is normal or due to recent severe cold. The new leaves were developing at points along the "twig", as concentric opposite pairs, with each subsequent pair rotated 90 degrees in respect to the last. Some clusters had 3 pairs of leaves developing. The leaves were about 4-5mm across and between 10-15mm long with short stems. Confirm that there was no sign of red glands at the point where the leaf stem emanated from the leaf.

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Current State

Almost a month after the first observation, the blossom has all gone - probably partially discouraged by the recent cold weather. The leaves continue to develop, but each twig has only one set growing as concentric pairs (as described above).