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Genus Berberidopsis Family Berberidopsidaceae

Description: Twining climbers.

Leaves alternate, stipules absent.

Flowers bisexual, usually solitary in axils of leaves. Perianth segments spirally arranged, not clearly differentiated into sepals and petals, 13–17 tepals, caducous. Disc annular, fleshy, lobed. Stamens 6–13, anthers almost sessile, muriculate, apiculate. Ovary ovoid; style thick, persistent in fruit, stigma inconspicuous.

Fruit berry-like, surrounded at base by persistent disc.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, Chile, Australia. Australia: 1 species (endemic).

Berberidopsis was previously included in Flacourtiaceae. Reference: K. Kubitzki, Berberidopsidaceae, in The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants Vol. 9: 33–35 (2007).

Text by G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1 (1990), in Flacourtiaceae. Revised May 2017.
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)

One species in NSW: Berberidopsis beckleri

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