Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Often deciduous shrubs with yellowish wood. Leaves alternate, ± clustered on short shoots, often subtended by simple or palmately divided spines (which are modified leaves of long shoots). Inflorescence a raceme, sometimes contracted and umbel-like. Sepals usually 6, in 2 whorls; petals 6–12 in 2 or 3 whorls, the inner 6 with basal nectaries; stamens 6, opposite the nectariferous petals. Fruit a 2-seeded berry.

About 500 species from Europe, northern Africa, southern Asia and America.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Berberidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Berberidaceae
Higher taxa
genus Berberis
Subordinate taxa