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Cotoneaster angustifolia Planch.
Yellow firethorn (English)
Description: Spiny shrub, to 4 m, sometimes prostrate. Leaves borne in fascicles on spiny side branches; lamina 2-5 cm
× 4-7 mm, narrowly oblong to narrowly oblanceolate, dark green and becoming glabrous
above, greyish-tomentose beneath; apex obtuse, mucronulate;
margin rolled under, entire or obscurely toothed towards apex.
Flowers c.8 mm across, white, in dense tomentose corymbs. Fruit 6-8 mm in diameter, subspherical, orange to brick-red.
Notes: It was introduced as a garden ornamental not for the flowers, which are small, but for the masses of bright orange berries. In Zimbabwe it is known as an occasional escape into the wild and is not a problem species (yet) but in the South African highveld it is known as an aggressive invader into grassland, hillsides and erosion channels.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time: Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Native to China; naturalised in southern Africa
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 August 2006
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Pyracantha angustifolia Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Pyracantha angustifolia The Plant List (version 1.1)
Pyracantha angustifolia Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pyracantha angustifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125340, retrieved 21 February 2017
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