Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 133 

Prunus pseudoprostrata (Pojark.) Rech.f.

Region: Jalal-Abad Oblast  Aksy Rayon
Gazetteer: Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve 
Coordinates: 41º47'02'' N, 71º59'13'' E  Alt: 1524m  outside the buffer zone.

Small shrub to 1m tall. Leaves serrate, felted beneath. Drupes axillary, solitary bright red. Flesh edible and sweet.
Very dry South facing slope on conglomerate rocks with Eremurus, Celtis, Prangos, Centaurea, Alcea, Convolvulus.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.10, V. L. Komarov. Subgen. Cerasus. Leaves 20-25 x 5-6mm, white tomentose beneath, dentate with glandular teeth and revolute margin. Stipules long and serrate. Petiole 2-3mm long. Leaves on short shoots.Drupe red to 7mm in diameter opaque. Drupe with one pitted, furrowed torulose stone inside. Drupe hairy at apex. Pedicels 1-2mm long. Cerasus is a difficult group to identify close to C. erythrocarpa but with smaller leaves and revolute margin. But this looks more like a result of the drier habitat. 
Ancillary Collections: photos, seeds 

Landrein, S. 133                7 July 2008

morphological details

drupe drupe short shoot short shoot stipule stipule

abaxial leaf surface abaxial leaf surface

adaxial leaf surface adaxial leaf surface

bark bark

seed pictures
stone stone stone surface stone surface section of the drupe section of the drupe
seed seed  
field picture
fruiting branch
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

fruiting branch shrub