Berberis morrisonensis Hayata

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'Berberis morrisonensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-morrisonensis/). Accessed 2020-04-03.

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Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
ovoid
Egg-shaped solid.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Berberis morrisonensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/berberis/berberis-morrisonensis/). Accessed 2020-04-03.

A deciduous shrub described as growing up to 6 ft high in a wild state; young shoots often red, strongly angled, glabrous; spines three-parted, 12 to 58 in. long. Leaves in clusters of three to eight at each joint, 12 to 1 in. long, obovate, rounded or pointed at the apex, the round-ended ones usually with bristle-like teeth on the margin, the pointed ones often entire; slightly glaucous beneath. Flowers pale yellow, produced during June in clusters of as many as five, each on a stalk 12 to 1 in. long. Fruits globose-ovoid, 38 in. long, bright red and somewhat translucent. Bot. Mag., t. 9017.

Native of Formosa on mountains up to 13,000 ft altitude. First introduced to this country apparently by W. R. Price, who collected it on Mt Morrison in 1912 and raised it from seeds at Pen Moel, near Chepstow. It was collected by Wilson in October 1918, and seed was distributed by the Arnold Arboretum the following spring. From this seed the late Marquis of Headfort raised the plants from which the Botanical Magazine plate was prepared. It is a handsome barberry, especially in autumn, when, in addition to the beauty of its fruits, its foliage assumes brilliant shades of scarlet and gold. It is related to B. diaphana.


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