Common name: Darwin's Berberis, Darwin's Barberry
Berberis darwinii Hook. APNI*
Description: Evergreen shrub to 3 m high, stems pubescent.
Leaves on main stems reduced to > 3 spinose teeth 5–10 mm long.
Leaves on short shoots ± hexagonal, 1–2 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex spinose, each margin with 2 spinose teeth or rarely only 1. Flowers solitary or racemes to c. 8 cm long; pedicels c. 10 mm long. Flowers c. 10 mm diam., yellowish to red.
Berry globose, 6–7 mm long, pruinose blue, topped with persistent style to 3 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: cultivated in cooler districts, rarely naturalised. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed April 2017)
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