Pyracantha angustifolia (Planch.) Schneid.

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Pyracantha angustifolia

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Val D'Or

Pyracantha angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Synonyms: Cotoneaster angustifolia Planch.
Common names: Yellow firethorn (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Spiny shrub, up to 4 m high, sometimes prostrate. Leaves clustered on spiny side branches, narrowly oblong to narrowly oblanceolate, 2-5 cm long, dark green and becoming hairless above, greyish-hairy beneath; apex obtuse, mucronulate; margin rolled under, entire or obscurely toothed towards apex. Flowers in dense hairy headsc. 8 mm wide, white. Fruit subspherical, 6-8 mm in diameter, 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: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Native to China; naturalised in southern Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 August 2006

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Flora of Malawi: Pyracantha angustifolia
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Pyracantha angustifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pyracantha angustifolia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pyracantha angustifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pyracantha angustifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pyracantha angustifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pyracantha angustifolia
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iNaturalist: Pyracantha angustifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pyracantha angustifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Pyracantha angustifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pyracantha angustifolia
Plants of the World Online: Pyracantha angustifolia
Tropicos: Pyracantha angustifolia
Wikipedia: Pyracantha angustifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pyracantha angustifolia., retrieved 20 May 2024

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