Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana

Overview of chokecherry, Prunus virginiana. Photo from the Cienega Loop Trail in the Sandia Mountains, 24 May 2003. The taste of the berries is bitter and astringent, hence the common name chokecherry.
Overview of chokecherry, <em>Prunus virginiana</em>.
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Flowers of chokecherry, <em>Prunus virginiana</em>.
Flowers of chokecherry, Prunus virginiana. Photo from the Cienega Loop Trail in the Sandia Mountains, 24 May 2003. The white flowers occur in an elongated raceme.
Leaves of chokecherry, Prunus virginiana. Photo from the Cienega Loop Trail in the Sandia Mountains, 24 May 2003. The leaves are food for big game at some times of year, but are quite toxic at other times according to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Leaves of chokecherry, <em>Prunus virginiana</em>.
Berries of chokecherry, <em>Prunus virginiana</em>.
Berries of chokecherry, Prunus virginiana. Photo from the Cienega Loop Trail in the Sandia Mountains, 24 May 2003. Berries, which are a spherical drupe, range in color from deep red to dark red purple.

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