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Prunus spinosa L.
Amygdalaceae (New South Wales)Rosaceae (Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia)
blackthorn, sloe, sloe berry, sloe plum
Native to Europe and western Asia (i.e. north-western Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and southern Russia).
Locally naturalised in Tasmania and southern Victoria.
Also naturalised overseas in northern USA (i.e. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Maine, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland).
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is regarded as an environmental weed in Tasmania and Victoria.
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