February 1, 2023

Berberidaceae or the Barberry Family is from the order of Ranunculales. It has about 19 genera and about 755 species. The largest genus is Berberis with 500 species.

It includes trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Members are from more temperate locations on earth. Many of the shrubs are spiny or have spiny leaves. The leaves are spiral, petiolate. They are pinnate, ternate, simple, or unifoliolate. However, the flowers are diverse. They are raceme, spike, panicle, or solitary, or axillary. Usually bisexual, and actinomorphic. Stamens are usually in whorls. The fruits are berries.

Berberidaceae genera include:

Achlys
Berberis
Bongardia
Caulophyllum
Cogylia
Diphylleia
Dysosma
Epimedium
Gymnospermium
Holboellia
Jeffersonia
Leontice
Mahoberberis
Mahonia
Nandina
Odostemon
Plagiorhegma
Podophyllum
Ranzania
Sculeria
Sinopodophyllum
Vancouveria
Yatabea

Berberis aquifolium
Berberis aquifolium
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Berberis darwinii
Berberis darwinii
Epimedium pubigerum
Epimedium pubigerum or Barrenwort

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