17. Berberis multicaulis T. S. Ying in C. Y. Wu, Fl. Xizang. 2: 147. 1985.
多枝小檗 duo zhi xiao bo
Shrubs, small, 20-30 cm tall, much branched. Branches dark gray, sulcate; shoots pale yellow, puberulous, sparsely verruculose; spines 3-fid, pale brown or pale yellow, 5-14 mm, slender, puberulous. Leaves subsessile; leaf blade abaxially shiny, pale yellow-green, adaxially green, obovate or elliptic, 7-16 × 4-6 mm, papery, abaxially with conspicuously raised midvein, adaxially with slightly raised midvein, lateral veins 2-4 pairs, both surfaces with inconspicuous reticulate veins, not pruinose, base cuneate, margin slightly thickened, puberulous, becoming glabrous, margin entire or 1-3-spinose-serrate on each side, apex obtuse, acute, or mucronate. Flowers solitary. Pedicels 2-3 mm, glabrous; bractlets oblong-lanceolate, ca. 4 × 1.8 mm. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals oblong, ca. 5 × 3 mm, apex acute; inner sepals obovate-oblong, ca. 8 × 4 mm. Petals elliptic, ca. 6 × 3.2 mm, base clawed and with separate glands, apex emarginate. Stamens ca. 4 mm; anther connective prolonged, shortly apiculate and with 1 tooth. Ovules 4. Berry red, ovoid-ellipsoid, ca. 8 × 4 mm, slightly pruinose, with short style. Fl. Jun, fr. Aug.
● Thickets on sunny slopes, grassy slopes; 3500-4200 m. Xizang.