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White flowers with 5 spreading petals, up to 12mm across. Flowers are usually solitary. 20 dark purple anthers and 2 stigmas.
Bright red fleshy berries, similar to Wall Cotoneaster but richer in colour. Each berry contains two or more stones. Up to 1cm in size and appearing in October and November.
An evergreen, low-growing, woody shrub that carpets the ground. It is similar to Wall Cotoneaster in appearance but with less pointed leaves and it grows more prostrate. The alternate leaves are dark green, undivided, untoothed, round and glossy.
The leaves, berries and flowers all contain 'cyanogenic glycosides'. Consumption in large amounts can lead to poisoning of the heart, kidneys, liver or brain.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, Small-leaved Cotoneaster.
Cliffs, gardens, roadsides, walls, wasteland.