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Darwin's barberry, Darwin's berberis

Habit Shrubs, evergreen, 1-3 m. Stems dimorphic, with elongate primary and short axillary shoots.

of 2d-year stems brown, densely tomentose.


blade obovate, 1-veined from base, 1.7-3 × 0.9-1.2 cm, thick and rigid, base acute or acuminate, margins reflexed, undulate, toothed or shallowly lobed, each with 2-4 teeth or lobes 1-3 mm high tipped with spines to 1.2-1.6 × 0.2-0.3 mm, apex obtuse or rounded;

surfaces abaxially glossy, smooth, adaxially glossy, green.


present, pedately 5-9-fid.


racemose, rather dense, 10-20-flowered, 3-4 cm;

bracteoles membranous, apex acuminate.


anther filaments without distal pair of recurved lateral teeth.


dark purple, spheric, 6-7 mm, juicy, solid.


scales 2-4 mm, deciduous.

Berberis darwinii

Phenology Flowering winter (Feb).
Habitat Humid areas near coast
Elevation 0-20 m (0-100 ft)
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CA; OR; native; s South America [Introduced in North America]
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Berberis darwinii only rarely escapes from cultivation. It is resistant to infection by Puccinia graminis.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 3.
Parent taxa Berberidaceae > Berberis
Sibling taxa
B. amplectens, B. aquifolium, B. bealei, B. canadensis, B. dictyota, B. fendleri, B. fremontii, B. haematocarpa, B. harrisoniana, B. higginsiae, B. nervosa, B. nevinii, B. pinnata, B. piperiana, B. pumila, B. repens, B. swaseyi, B. thunbergii, B. trifoliolata, B. vulgaris, B. wilcoxii
Name authority Hooker: Icon. Pl. 7: 672. (1844)
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