212. Berberis metapolyantha Ahrendt, J. Bot. 79(Suppl.): 75. 1941.
万源小檗 wan yuan xiao bo
Shrubs, semi-evergreen, 1-2 m tall. Branches puberulous, sulcate; spines 3-fid or simple, 1-1.5 cm. Leaves subsessile; leaf blade abaxially pallid, becoming grayish brown when dry, adaxially dark green, obovate or obovate-oblong, 1.5-2.7 × 0.7-1.2 cm, subleathery, both surfaces with conspicuous reticulate veins, base cuneate, margin entire, rarely 1-3-spinose-serrate on each side, apex rounded. Inflorescence a panicle, 10-14-flowered, 3-5 cm, sometimes compound below, apex rounded; bracts 2-3 mm, apex acuminate. Pedicels 3-5 mm, puberulous; flowers ca. 6 mm in diam.; bractlets lanceolate, ca. 1.5 mm, apex acuminate. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals ovate, ca. 2.5 × 1.5 mm, apex acute; inner sepals elliptic, ca. 4 × 2 mm. Petals obovate, ca. 3.5 × 2.8 mm, base with separate glands, apex emarginate, rounded. Stamens ca. 2.5 mm; anther connective slightly prolonged, shortly apiculate. Ovules 3 or 4. Berry red, oblong-globose, ca. 6.5 × 6 mm, not pruinose, style persistent. Fl. Jun, fr. Oct.
● Mountain slopes, roadsides; 1500-2700 m. Sichuan, Yunnan.