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Berberis chilensis Gillies ex Hook. & Arn. var. brachybotria (C.Gay) Landrum

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Berberis >
  3. Family: Berberidaceae

Place of Publication

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84: 805 (1999)

Type citation

Based on: Chile. Valparaíso, Gaudichaud (212) (lectotype, designated by Landrum, p. 805, 1999) , P["TYPEn]!, = ASU photo!; isolectotype, P!, = F-34508!, = ASU photo!).



  • Landrum (1999): Figs: 2C, 6C, 9D
  • Descriptions

    • Landrum (1999)


    Evergreen shrub to 2 m tall, flowering mainly in August and September, fruiting mainly from October to January.

    Key characteristics

    Style long; stamens without tooth-like appendages; spines 3-armed, usually large; inflorescence a several-flowered raceme; leaves with toothed margins, acute apices, flat midevein above, and often glaucous (Landrum, 1999). It differs to B. chilensis var. chilensis by having leaves nearly flat, not recurved, gray-green or yellow-green below; margins slightly revolute; marginal teeth ca. 1-2 mm long; spines 1-2.5 cm long (vs recurved leaves with the margins directed upward and marginal teeth 2-7 mm long) (Landrum, 1999).


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana and Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins

    Distribution and habitat

    From Coquimbo (Coquimbo Region) to Colchagua (O´Higgins Region) in the coastal cordillera and on the coast. A shrub of sclerophyllous, sometimes dense, scrub (Landrum, 1999).


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    • Landrum (1999)

      Landrum, L.R. 1999. Revision of Berberis (Berberidaceae) in Chile and Adjacent Southern Argentina. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 84(4): 793-804

    • Marticorena & Rodríguez (2003)

      Marticorena , C. and Rodríguez , R. 2003. Flora de Chile, Vol. 2(2) Berberidaceae-Betulaceae. Universidad de Concepción