Cotoneaster nitens

Rehder & E. H. Wilson

in C. S. Sargent, Pl. Wilson. 1: 156. 1912.

Common names: Few-flowered or Kokonor cotoneaster
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 463. Mentioned on page 452.

Shrubs, 1.5–3 m. Stems erect, becoming pendulous; branches divaricate, red-brown, initially strigose. Leaves deciduous; petiole 2–3(–4) mm, pilose-strigose; blade elliptic or obovate, sometimes broadly elliptic, broadly ovate, or suborbiculate, 8–28 × 9–23 mm, chartaceous, base rounded, margins flat, veins 3–5, superficial, apex obtuse or acute and mucronulate, abaxial surfaces pale green, initially densely pilose-strigose, adaxial initially reddish, soon bright green, dull to slightly shiny, not glaucous, flat between lateral veins, glabrous; fall leaves turning bright red and gold. Inflorescences on fertile shoots 15–30 mm with 3–4(–5) leaves, 1–3(or 4)-flowered, compact. Pedicels 2–4 mm, glabrescent. Flowers 6–7 mm, open; hypanthium widely cupulate, sparsely pilose; sepals: margins tomentose, apex obtuse, acute, or apiculate, surfaces sparsely pilose; petals erect-incurved, pink-tinged with purple-maroon or pink-red, base drying to purple-black, margins white, glabrous; stamens 10–14(or 15), filaments pink, sometimes red-purple, distally dark pink, anthers pink or white, margins pale crimson, drying to dark red; styles 2(or 3). Pomes purple-black, ellipsoid or obovoid to globose, (7–)8–9.5 × 6.5–8 mm, shiny, slightly glaucous, sparsely pilose to glabrate; sepals erect or suberect, sparsely pilose; navel open; style remnants 3/4 from base. Pyrenes 2(or 3). 2n = 68 (Germany).

Phenology: Flowering Mar–May; fruiting Jul–Nov.
Habitat: Thickets, edges, disturbed forests
Elevation: 0–200 m


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Introduced; Oreg., Wash., Asia (China), introduced also in Europe.


Selected References


Lower Taxa

... more about "Cotoneaster nitens"
Jeanette Fryer +, Bertil Hylmö† +  and Peter F. Zika +
Rehder & E. H. Wilson +
Few-flowered or Kokonor cotoneaster +
Oreg. +, Wash. +, Asia (China) +  and introduced also in Europe. +
0–200 m +
Thickets, edges, disturbed forests +
Flowering Mar–May +  and fruiting Jul–Nov. +
in C. S. Sargent, Pl. Wilson. +
Introduced +
Ostinia +
Cotoneaster nitens +
Cotoneaster +
species +