2566.000 Berberis L.

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

Description of the genus

Shrubs. Wood and inner bark yellow. Shoots of two sorts: long shoots armed with, usually 3-partite, spines (which are morphologically leaves) and short shoots which bear clusters of simple leaves. Flowers yellow, 3-merous, borne in panicles, fascicles, racemes or solitary. Sepals c. 9, petaloid; petals 6, each with 2 glands at the base. Stamens 6, springing inwards when touched at the base. Ovary 1-locular; ovules few. Fruit a berry.

Worldwide: c. 500 species or more, found in Europe, Asia and S America with outlying species in tropical Africa (e.g. Berberis holstii in Malawi) and N. America

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Berberis:

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Flora of Zambia: Berberis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Berberis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Berberis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Berberis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Berberis
Wikipedia: Berberis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Berberis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Berberis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Berberis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1686, retrieved 28 February 2021

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