Nepal Cotoneaster
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Nepal Cotoneaster
D Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Nepal Cotoneaster
Botanical name: Cotoneaster hedegaardii    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Pyrus hedegaardii

Nepal Cotoneaster is a tall, attractive deciduous shrub, up to 6 m tall. It bears attractive, thick, oval, leathery leaves which are hairy underneath, and slightly blistery above. Leaves are rather large, 5.5-10.5 cm long. Flowers are white with prominent protruding stamens, borne in 7-20-flowered clusters in leaf axils. Flower-clusters are typically smaller than the leaves. Anthers are purple to reddish-brown. In late autumn the plant produces globular berries, which are bright crimson to maroon or yellowish-green, 1.2 cm across, with two stones. Nepal Cotoneaster was known only from Nepal, but probably also occurs in Himachal Pradesh.

Identification credit: Jeanette Fryer, Chris Chadwell Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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