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Similar to Berberis, differing in lacking the spiny shoots, in having pinnate leaves and many-flowered racemes or panicles.
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Foodplant / open feeder
larva of Arge berberidis grazes on live leaf of Mahonia

Foodplant / saprobe
immersed, numerous, gregarious pycnidium of Coleophoma coelomycetous anamorph of Coleophoma cylindrospora is saprobic on dead leaf of Mahonia
Remarks: season: 4-5

Foodplant / saprobe
clustered, in cracks in bark pseudothecium of Cucurbitaria berberidis is saprobic on dead branch of Mahonia
Remarks: season: 11-4

Foodplant / parasite
pycnium of Cumminsiella mirabilissima parasitises live leaf of Mahonia
Other: unusual host/prey

Foodplant / saprobe
immersed, in groups of 8-16 perithecium of Diaporthe detrusa is saprobic on dead twig of Mahonia
Remarks: season: 4-5

Foodplant / parasite
amphigenous conidial anamorph of Erysiphe berberidis parasitises live leaf of Mahonia
Other: minor host/prey

In Great Britain and/or Ireland:
Foodplant / feeds on
pycnidium of Conothyrium coelomycetous anamorph of Microsphaeropsis olivacea feeds on Mahonia

Foodplant / parasite
aecium of Puccinia graminis f.sp. tritici parasitises live Mahonia


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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Mahonia sp.

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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For the Oregon Governor's mansion, see Mahonia Hall.

Mahonia is a genus of about 70 species of evergreen shrubs in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia, the Himalaya, North America and Central America.[1] They are closely related to the genus Berberis. Botanists disagree on the acceptability of the genus name Mahonia. Several authorities argue plants in this genus should be included in the genus Berberis because several species in both genera are able to hybridize, and because when the two genera are looked at as a whole, there is no consistent morphological separation except simple vs compound leaves.[2] Mahonia typically have large, pinnate leaves 10–50 cm long with 5-15 leaflets, and flowers in racemes (5–20 cm long).

The genus name Mahonia honors the Philadelphia horticulturist Bernard McMahon who introduced the plant from materials collected by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The type species of the genus is Mahonia aquifolium, (Oregon grape) from the Pacific coast of North America.

Several species are popular garden shrubs, grown for their ornamental, often spiny, evergreen foliage, yellow flowers in autumn, winter and early spring, and blue-black berries. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters or spreading racemes, and may be among the earliest flowers to appear in the growing season.[3] The berries are edible, and rich in vitamin C, though with a very sharp flavor.



  1. ^ Flora of China Vol. 19 Page 772 十大功劳属 shi da gong lao shu Mahonia Nuttall, Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 1: 211. 1818.
  2. ^ "Berberis Linnaeus". Flora of North America. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
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