Cotoneaster bacillaris Wall., Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 15: t. 1229, in adnot. 1829. (Syn: Cotoneaster affinis var. bacillaris (Lindl.) Schneid.; Cotoneaster bacillaris var. parvifolia Hook. fil.; Cotoneaster parvifolius (J. D. Hook.) G. Panigrahi & A. Kumar; Pyrus bacillaris (Wall. ex Lindl.) M. F. Fay & Christenh.);
India (Uttar Pradesh), Nepal as per Catalogue of Life;
Cotoneaster bacillaris AT NOV 2016/04 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Altitude: Approx. 2000m
I am pleased to report that Jeanette Fryer confirms this is C.bacillaris Wallich ex Lindley Series Bacillares.
Recorded by Fryer & Hylmo only from Uttarakhand & Nepal, so this extends its range. There has been much confusion between this and C.affinis Lindley.
According to Stewart this complex (he listed C.affinis var. bacillaris) included two taxa which were Pakistan and Kashmir’s largest and commonest Cotoneasters being erect shrubs and small trees called ‘luni’ or ‘rauns’. The stems made good walking sticks. The white flowers have corollas open wide, the ripe fruits bluish black with glaucous bloom. He considered them exceedingly variable and those who like to split could make many taxa from the complex.
Returning to Fryer & Hylmo, they say that C.bacillaris is often greater in width than height. It is handsome in autumn when bearing an abundance of black fruit which, being produced in long sprays, are apparently useful in floral arrangements.
Locally, this is known as Riush. It is commonly used for making
Cotoneaster bacillaris. Locally called ‘Reunsh’,
its branches are highly preferred as walking sticks.
Jeanette Fryer comments that this, “could be” Cotoneaster bacillaris.