Entire-Leaf Cotoneaster
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Entire-Leaf Cotoneaster
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Entire-Leaf Cotoneaster
Botanical name: Cotoneaster integrifolius    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Cotoneaster brandisii, Cotoneaster prostratus, Cotoneaster thymifolius

Entire-Leaf Cotoneaster is a low shrub, which is often found spread over rocks in Himalayan region. It is closely related to Rockspray Cotoneaster. Leaves are small, obovate-oblong, with a rounded tip. This feature distinguishes it from Rockspray Cotoneaster which has elliptic leaves with pointed tips. Leaves are dark green above, woolly beneath. Flowers are pink in bud, white later, about 8 mm across, generally borne singly. Fruits are round red berries, and the plant makes a spectacular display when in fruit. Entire-Leaf Cotoneaster is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to SW China, at altitudes of 1800-3500 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Jeanette Fryer, Chris Chadwell Photographed in Churdhar, Sirmaur distt., Himachal Pradesh.

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