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Cotoneaster nitidifolius Marq.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs deciduous, erect, 2–3 m tall. Branchlets grayish brown to reddish brown, terete, slender, initially densely yellow pubescent, gradually glabrescent. Petiole 3–5 mm, pubescent; stipules reddish, lanceolate, 3–5 mm, initially sparsely pubescent, glabrescent; leaf blade elliptic-lanceolate, 4–6.5(–8) × 1.5–2.5(–3) cm, veins raised abaxially and impressed adaxially, abaxially pubescent, more densely so along veins, adaxially glabrous, base cuneate, apex acuminate. Corymbs 1.5–2.5 cm, 3–9-flowered; rachis and pedicels pubescent; bracts reddish, linear-lanceolate, 3–4 mm, puberulous. Pedicel 1–3 mm, pubescent. Flowers nodding, 5–6 mm in diam. Hypanthium campanulate, abaxially pubescent. Sepals triangular, 1.5–2 × 1.5–2 mm, apex acute. Petals erect, red basally, white apically, suborbicular or elliptic, 3–4 mm, base clawed, apex obtuse and whitish. Stamens 16–18, shorter than petals. Ovary with pubescent apex; styles 2, free, not exceeding stamens. Fruit crimson, subglobose, 5–6 mm in diam., glabrous, pyrenes often 2. Fl. May–Jun, fr. Aug–Sep.

Open thickets by streams, mixed forests; 2000--3000 m. Sichuan, Yunnan.


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