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WELSH COTONEASTER

WILD COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster cambricus

(Formerly: Cotoneaster integerrimus)
(Formerly: Cotoneaster cambrensis)
Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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Berries: berryZpossible        berryZred  (poisonous, bright red, spherical)
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category
category8Shrubs
category
category8Broadleaf
category
category8Deciduous
status
statusZnative
flower
flower8lilac
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZbell
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZrare
sex
sexZbisexual

26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Welsh Cotoneaster is very rare, growing only on the Great Orme which sits on limestone, and is getting depleted. As a result, the plant has been propagated and planted out on the Great Orme in other places, to save it from total oblivion. This is one such planting. It has not yet had time to reach its full height of 1.5metres.


26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The leaves somewhat variable in size, from 1cm to 4cm long.


26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
It is irregularly branched


26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are nearly flat and is tomentose on the obverse, covered in matted white hairs lying flat. The upper surface is not covered in a quarter as many hairs, but they are still flat on the surface with much more of the dark-green of the leaf showing through.


26th June 2019, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Hairs underside and top-side.


No relation to : Welsh Onion (Allium fistulosum), Welsh Mudwort (Limosella australis), Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica), White Welsh Willow (Salix fragilis var. decipiens), Welsh Groundsel () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

Welsh Cotoneaster is one of the rarest plants in the UK and our only native Cotoneaster, and it grows in scrub on limestone. It is deciduous.

The flowers, when they appear on the plant above, occur in bunches of 1 to 4 (occasionally up to 7). The flowers have pale pink petals and white anthers. The fruits, when they appear on the above specimen, are 4 to 11mm, globose, are bright red and have 2 to 3 stones inside.


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Distribution
 family8Rose family8Rosaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster
(Cotoneaster)

WELSH COTONEASTER

WILD COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster cambricus

(Formerly: Cotoneaster integerrimus)
(Formerly: Cotoneaster cambrensis)
Rose Family [Rosaceae]