Prunus Armeniaea (Apricot) - Carlos von Riefel - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W
Prunus persica (Peach) - Carlos von Riefel - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W
Carlos von Riefel or Carlos Riefel aka Karlos von Riefel was an Austrian botanical artist specialising in fruit and flower painting
He studied at the Vienna Academy of Arts. His meticulous paintings remain popular poster subjects.
His illustrations appeared in publications such as The Rhododendron, A Folio of Fruit and Flowers and Blooms from Mountain Country and Heath
Prunus armeniaca ("Armenian plum"), the most commonly cultivated apricot species, also called ansu apricot,Siberian apricot,Tibetan apricot.
The origin of the species is disputed. It was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long, it is often thought to have originated there.Seeds of the apricot have been discovered during excavations of the Garni Temple and Shengavit settlement. Its scientific name derives from that assumption.
Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great; later, the Roman General Lucullus imported some trees from Armenia to Rome
The name apricot is probably derived from a tree mentioned as praecocia by Pliny.
The English name comes from earlier "abrecock" in turn from the Catalan abercoc. Both the Catalan and the Spanish albaricoque were adaptations of the Arabic, dating from the Moorish rule of Spain.
However, in Argentina, Chile, and Peru, the word for "apricot" is damasco, which could indicate that, to the Spanish settlers of Argentina, the fruit was associated with Damascus.