Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae
- Berberis family
Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.
Description of the family
Herbs or shrubs, sometimes spiny (Berberis). Leaves alternate, simple or compound. Inflorescence a raceme or flowers solitary; flowers actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals and petals overlapping in 2 or more rows; petals often modified to nectaries. Anthers opening by 2 apical hinged valves. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a berry or capsule.
Worldwide: 15 genera and 680 species in northern tempeate regions to tropical mountains.
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Other sources of information about Berberidaceae:
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Berberidaceae
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Berberidaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=247, retrieved 25 May 2013