Berberis holstii Engl.

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Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Berberis holstii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Berberis aristata DC. var. subintegra Engl.
Berberis petitiana C.K. Schneider
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Hairless shrub up to 3 m tall; branches purplish when young, armed with spines, 3-forked from the base, up to 4 cm long. Leaves usually clustered on short lateral shoots, subsessile, appearing simple but in reality 3-foliolate with minute lateral leaflets 1-3 mm long; main leaflet oblong, obovate or oblanceolate, up to 6 cm long, leathery, purplish when young, discolorous, dark green above, blue green to almost white beneath; margin usually dentate with spiny-tipped teeth. Inflorescences in axillary racemes up 5 cm long. Flowers yellow with petals smaller than inner sepals. Fruit an ellipsoid berry, c. 1.3 cm long, dark blue, crowned by the persistent stigma.
Type location:
Tanzania
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: holstii: named after C.H.E.W. Holst (1865-1894), German horticulturalist and plant collector.
Habitat: Along forest margins, in montane grassland and among eriocod scrub.
Altitude range: Above 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 115. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 35.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 167 - 168. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1960). Berberidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 171 - 173. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Berberis holstii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=193030, retrieved 31 October 2020

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