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Mahonia fordii

Description from Flora of China

Berberis fordii (C. K. Schneider) Laferrière.

Shrubs, 0.8-1.5 m tall. Leaves abaxially pale, adaxially dull, oblong to narrowly oblong, 20-35 × 7-11 cm, with 5-9 pairs of remote leaflets, lowest pair 1-1.5 cm above base of petiole, abaxially not veined, adaxially slightly veined; rachis 1.5-2.5 mm in diam.; internodes decreasing in length apically, 2-7 cm; lowest pair of leaflets narrowly ovate, 3.5-4.5 × 1.5-2.4 cm, those above narrowly ovate to elliptic-ovate, equal in size, 5-8 × 1.8-2.7 cm, base broadly rounded to cuneate, margin 2-9-spinose-serrate, apex acuminate; terminal leaflet similar to others but slightly larger, petiolule 1.5-2 cm. Inflorescence 5-7-fascicled racemes, 6-15 cm; bracts of inflorescence ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1-1.5 cm × 6-8 mm. Pedicel 2.5-4 mm; floral bracts broadly ovate, 1.5-2 × 0.6-1 mm. Sepals yellow; outer sepals ovate, ca. 2 × 1.6 mm; median sepals elliptic, 3.5-4 × 2.5-3 mm, apically obtuse; inner sepals obovate-elliptic, 4-4.5 × ca. 3 mm. Petals elliptic, ca. 4 × 2.3 mm, base with distinct glands, apex emarginate. Stamens ca. 2.6 mm; anther connective not prolonged, truncate. Ovary ca. 2.3 mm; ovules 2. Berry (immature only) obovoid, ca. 7 × 5 mm; style persistent, short. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Oct-Dec.

● Forests, thickets; 800-900 m. Chongqing, Guangdong.


 

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