Cotoneaster horizontalis Decne.
fishbone cotoneaster, prostrate cotoneaster, rock cotoneaster, rock-spray cotoneaster, rockspray cotoneaster, wall cotoneaster
Malaceae (New South Wales)Rosaceae (Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia)
Native to eastern Asia (i.e. China, Taiwan and Nepal).
Sparingly naturalised in Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, and possibly also naturalised in New South Wales.
Also naturalised overseas in north-western USA (i.e. Washington and Oregon).
Prostrate cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, and as a potential environmental weed in New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT. This species appears to have the potential to become an invasive weed in sub-alpine and alpine vegetation, particularly on rocky slopes, in south-eastern Australia. For example, it has already escaped gardens in the Mt Buffalo National Park, in the alpine region of northern Victoria, and spread to nearby alpine slopes.
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