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A deciduous shrub 10 ft or more high, with long, slender young branches covered with down when young, but becoming bare towards the end of the summer, and of a very dark brown. Leaves roundish oval, or broadly ovate, 1 to 21⁄2 in. long, 3⁄4 to 13⁄4 in. broad, rounded at the base; the apex pointed, rounded, or even notched, but nearly always ending in a short bristle-like tip; dark green and sparsely hairy above when young, covered with pale greyish felt beneath; stalk 1⁄4 in. or less long. Flowers white, in corymbs of five to twelve; calyx covered with a grey felt. Fruit black, roundish, about 1⁄4 in. diameter.
Native of the north-western Himalaya; introduced in 1824. This is one of the taller and stronger-growing species, and was often grown in gardens as “C. nummularius”. The true C. nummularius of Fischer is treated here as a variety of C. racemiflorus.
This is a confused name, as is clear from the synonyms cited by Steudel. Dr Klotz proposed that it should be replaced by the later name C. insignis Poyark., but it is arguable that Schneider cleared up the confusion by restricting the name to the species described. C. lindleyi (insignis) also occurs in Russian Central Asia.