Berberis incrassata Ahrendt

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Berberis incrassata' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-incrassata/). Accessed 2020-02-21.

Genus

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Glossary

axillary
Situated in an axil.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
subspecies
(subsp.) Taxonomic rank for a group of organisms showing the principal characters of a species but with significant definable morphological differentiation. A subspecies occurs in populations that can occupy a distinct geographical range or habitat.
terete
Like a slender tapering cylinder.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Berberis incrassata' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-incrassata/). Accessed 2020-02-21.

An evergreen shrub of low growth; shoots glabrous, terete, reddish, thornless. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, or narrowly oval, 2 to 5 in. long, 38 to 1 in. wide, strongly armed with stiff marginal teeth; stalkless, shining pale green beneath, borne singly and alternately on young shoots and in axillary clusters on older wood. Flowers 38 to 12 in. across, bright yellow, borne in short-stalked, dense clusters of fifteen to thirty; petals obovate. Fruit ‘grape purple’.

Native of N. Burma, discovered by Kingdon Ward and introduced in 1931. It is a handsome foliage shrub belonging to the Wallichianae group and shows relationship with B. insignis, especially in the unarmed shoots. The foliage is particularly interesting for the pale green of the under-surface. It was first distinguished in the collection at Wisley but is not now in cultivation there. The specific name refers to the curious thickening upwards of the flower-stalks.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

This now ranks as a subspecies of B. insignis – subsp. incrassata (Ahrendt) D. Chamberlain & C. M. Hu.


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