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Published In: Philosophische Botanik 1: 154. 1789. (Apr 1789) (Philos. Bot.) Name publication detail

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Status: Introduced


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7. Cotoneaster Medik. (cotoneaster)

Ninety to 260 species, Europe, Asia, Africa.

The taxonomy of Cotoneaster is in urgent need of more detailed study. As in the related genera Amelanchier and Crataegus, Cotoneaster contains a number of complexes characterized by apomixis and polyploidy.

Numerous species of Cotoneaster are cultivated as ornamental shrubs in the United States, often because of their unusual growth forms involving intricate branching patterns. The plants also are treasured by bee-keepers and the sometimes abundant fruits provide food for birds (the main dispersal agents) and small mammals. Within their native ranges, many species are used medicinally and for handcrafts.

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