Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Berberidaceae - 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.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated genera and 6 cultivated taxa.

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Berberis L.Description
Mahonia Nutt.Description
Nandina Thunb.Description

Other sources of information about Berberidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Berberidaceae
Flora of Zambia: Berberidaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Berberidaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Berberidaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Berberidaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Berberidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Berberidaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Berberidaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Berberidaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Berberidaceae
Wikipedia: Berberidaceae
Plants of the World Online: Berberidaceae
Tropicos: Berberidaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Berberidaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=247, retrieved 9 December 2023

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