Description from Flora of China
Berberis amoena var. umbelliflora Ahrendt; B. elegans (Franchet) C. K. Schneider (1905), not K. Koch (1869), nor H. Léveillé (1904); B. leptoclada Diels; B. schneideri Rehder; B. sinensis Desfontaines var. elegans Franchet.
Shrubs, deciduous, 0.5-1 m tall. Branches grayish black, sparsely black verruculose; shoots dark red, angulate; spines simple or 3-fid, concolorous, 4-12 mm, adaxially sulcate. Leaves subsessile; leaf blade adaxially dark green, narrowly obovate-elliptic or narrowly elliptic, 10-16 × 3-4 mm, leathery, abaxially pruinose, midvein obviously raised, papillose, lateral veins 2 or 3 pairs, adaxially with conspicuous midvein, base cuneate, margin slightly thickened, entire, occasionally 1- or 2-spinose-serrate on each side, apex obtuse, mucronate. Inflorescence an umbellate raceme, 4-8-flowered, 3-5 cm including peduncle 1-2 cm. Pedicels 4-7 mm, glabrous; bractlets lanceolate, 1.5-2 mm. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals obovate to oblong-elliptic, 2-2.5 × 1-2 mm; inner sepals elliptic, 4-4.5 × 3-3.5 mm. Petals obovate, 3.5-4 × ca. 2.5 mm, base cuneate, with separate glands, apex emarginate, with 2 rounded lobes. Stamens ca. 2.5 mm; anther connective prolonged, apiculate. Ovules 1 or 2. Berry red, oblong, ca. 6 × 3 mm, not pruinose, style persistent; seeds 1. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Jul-Aug.
● Thickets, forests, weedy places; 1600-3100 m. Sichuan, Yunnan.