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Berberis aggregata

Description from Flora of China

Berberis aggregata var. integrifolia Ahrendt; B. brevipaniculata C. K. Schneider.

Shrubs, semi-evergreen or deciduous, 2-3 m tall. Branches dark brown, sulcate, glabrous; shoots pale brown, slightly puberulous, sparsely black verruculose; spines 3-fid, pale yellow, 8-15 mm. Leaves subsessile or shortly petiolate; leaf blade abaxially pale yellow-green or grayish white, adaxially dark yellow-green, obovate-oblong or obovate, 8-25 × 4-15 mm, subleathery, abaxially with raised midvein, adaxially with slightly impressed midvein, both surfaces with conspicuous reticulate veins, base cuneate, margin 2-8-spinose-serrate on each side, sometimes entire, apex rounded, obtuse, aristate. Inflorescence a congested panicle, 10-30-flowered, 1-2.5 cm, subsessile; bracts slightly longer than pedicels, 1.5-3 mm. Pedicels 1-3 mm; bractlets ovate, ca. 1 mm, apex acute. Sepals in 2 whorls, elliptic; outer sepals ca. 2.5 × 1.8 mm; inner sepals ca. 3.5 × 2.5 mm. Petals obovate, ca. 3.5 × 2 mm, base clawed, with oblong glands, apex emarginate. Stamens 2-2.5 mm; anther connective prolonged, obtuse. Ovules 2, subsessile. Berry red, subglobose or ovoid-globose, 6-7 mm, not pruinose, style persistent. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Jul-Sep.

● Thickets, forests, roadsides, floodlands; 1000-3500 m. Gansu, Hubei, Qinghai, Shanxi, Sichuan.


 

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