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Berberis darwinii
darwin's barberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occasional near the coast in Oregon and California.

Habitat: Prefers high humidity; rarely escapes cultivation

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Evergreen shrubs, 1-3 m. tall, the stems dimorphic, with elongate primary and short axillary shoots; second year bark brown-woolly; stems spiny.

Leaves:

Leaves simple; petioles 0.1-0.3 cm. long; leaf blades obovate, 1-veined from the base, 1.7-3 cm. long and 0.9-2 cm. wide, thick and rigid, the base acute, the margins wavy, reflexed, toothed or shallowly lobed, these tipped with spines, the tip rounded, the surface glossy green.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a dense, 10- to 20-flowered raceme 3-4 cm. long; flowers yellow, with 6 sepals, 6 petals, and 3 membranous, scale-like bracteoles; stamens 6.

Fruits:

Berries purple, spheric, 6-7 mm. in diameter, juicy and firm.

Accepted Name:
Berberis darwinii Hook.
Publication: Icon. Pl. 7: 672. 1844. 1844.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Berberis darwinii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Berberis darwinii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Berberis darwinii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Berberis darwinii photos.

USDA Plants: Berberis darwinii information.

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