Thursday, 5 November 2015

Cotoneaster splendens (Showy Cotoneaster) new species for county

 Cotoneasters are one of the few non-native species that I normally look the other way when I see them as I find them almost impossible to ID. Showy Cotoneaster is the first record for Wexford and is also new for Ireland. Sent a pressed specimen to J. Fryer the BSBI Cotoneaster Referee to see what it was. The reply said most likely C. splendens, but need more mature fruits and photos to show correct colour of fruit. It was a 8km round trip to collect a 2nd specimen as it grows at the very end of The Raven. There are two bushes, most likely bird sown.
 Showing whole bush
The two bushes are on the slope below the trees

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