Regularity: Regularly occurring
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Berberis pinnata
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N4 - Apparently Secure
Berberis moranensis is a shrub in the genus Berberis in the family Berberidaceae. Because of its compound leaves, some botanists place it in the genus Mahonia. It is native to forested regions of the mountains of Mexico from Sinaloa and Guanajuato to Oaxaca. Berberis moranensis has thick waxy leaves, yellow flowers, and purple berries. This species is closely related to Berberis pimana J.E. Laferr. & J.S. Marr.
- Tropicos Berberis moranensis
- Schult. & Schult.f., Systema Vegetabilium 7: 17. 1829.
- I.M. Johnstone, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 31: 190. 1950.
- Marroquín, J. S. 1972. A Monographic Study of the Genus Berberis L. in Mexico, Ph.D. Thesis, Northeastern University. 1–177.
- Marroquin, J. S. 1993. Berberidaceae. Flora de Veracruz 75: 1–16.
- García-Mendoza, A. J. & J. A. Meave. 2011. Diversidad Florística de Oaxaca: de Musgos a Angispermas 1–351. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria
- Laferrière, Joseph E., & Jorge S. Marroquín. 1990. Berberis pimana (Berberidaceae): a new species from northwestern Mexico. Madroño 37(4):283-288.
Mahonia pinnata (syn. Berberis pinnata) is a species of shrub in the barberry family. Common names include California barberry, wavyleaf barberry, and shinyleaf mahonia. It is similar to the Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium), and is sometimes called the California Oregon-grape.
Mahonia pinnata is a dark green bush which resembles holly with its serrated leaves. It has one to two inch long clusters of small yellow flowers. The fruit is a sour but edible purple berry with many seeds.
One subspecies of this plant is very rare and is federally listed as an endangered species. It is known only from Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands of California, where it is known from 13 or fewer individuals.
- Van Atta, S. (2009). The Southern California Native Flower Garden: A Guide to Size, Bloom, Foliage, Color, and Texture. Gibbs Smith: Santa Barbara.
- Center for Plant Conservation
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