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Berberis xanthophlaea Ahrendt


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, deciduous, 1-2(-3) m tall. Branches dark gray, terete, not verruculose; shoots pale yellow, slightly shiny; spines simple, sometimes 3-fid, concolorous, terete, 0.5-1.5 cm. Leaves subsessile; leaf blade abaxially initially gray, ultimately shiny, pale green, adaxially green, obovate or oblanceolate, 1.5-6.5 × 0.8-2 cm, papery, abaxially slightly pruinose, ultimately not pruinose, both surfaces with midvein and lateral veins conspicuous, reticulate veins inconspicuous, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse or rounded. Inflorescence a panicle, 10-45-flowered, 6-9(-12) cm including peduncle 1.5-4(-7) cm, glabrous, sometimes rachis with leaflike bracts. Pedicels 5-12 mm; bractlets ovate, 1.3-3 × 1-2 mm, apex acute. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals elliptic, 3-5 × 2-4 mm; inner sepals elliptic-obovate, 5-5.6 × 3-3.5 mm. Petals obovate, 3.5-5 × 2.5-4 mm, base obviously clawed, with slightly separate glands, apex emarginate. Stamens ca. 3 mm; anther connective not prolonged, truncate. Ovules 2, shortly funiculate. Berry red, oblong-obovoid, 7-9 × 5-6 mm, blue pruinose, style persistent. Fl. Jun-Jul, fr. Aug-Oct.

● Thickets, forests, streamsides, valleys; 2800-4000 m. Xizang.


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