Garhwal Cotoneaster
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Garhwal Cotoneaster
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Garhwal Cotoneaster
Botanical name: Cotoneaster adpressus    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Cotoneaster garhwalensis, Cotoneaster duthieanus, Pyrus garhwalensis

Garhwal Cotoneaster is a prostrate deciduous shrub that grows up to only 1 ft tall but spreads to 6 ft wide. Horizontal branches may root where they touch the ground. Ovate to obovate, dark green leaves, are 5-15 x 4-10 mm. Mid vein is embossed above and raised on the underside. Reddish-pink flowers are nearly stalkless, 7-8 mm across. The green flower cup is bell-shaped, sparsely velvet-hairy on the underside. Sepals are ovate-triangular, tip acute, shorter than petals. Petals are erect, pink, obovate, 4-5 mm and nearly as broad, tip notched or blunt. Stamens are 10-15, shorter than petals. Flowers are followed by spherical dark bright fruits, 7-9 mm. Garhwal Cotoneaster is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Nepal and Central China, at altitudes of 3000-4200 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Bernhard Dickore Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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