Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Berberidaceae - Berberis family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Description of the family

Herbs or shrubs, sometimes spiny (Berberis). Leaves alternate, simple or compound. Inflorescence a raceme or flowers solitary; flowers actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals and petals overlapping in 2 or more rows; petals often modified to nectaries. Anthers opening by 2 apical hinged valves. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a berry or capsule.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 680 species in northern tempeate regions to tropical mountains.

Malawi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Berberis L.Description

Other sources of information about Berberidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zambia: Berberidaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Berberidaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Berberidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Berberidaceae
Wikipedia: Berberidaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Berberidaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=247, retrieved 28 March 2023

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