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Berberis fendleri A. Gray
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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Cucurbitariaceae  Cucurbitaria berberidis @ BPI (2)
Halictidae  Halictus rubicundus @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Platygloeaceae  Tuberculina persicina @ BPI (1)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia brachypodii @ BPI (8)

Puccinia montanensis @ BPI (23)
Uropyxidaceae  Aecidium fendleri @ BPI (2)
_  Uropyxis wootoniana @ BPI (2)

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Berberis fendleri A. Gray
Colorado barberry

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General Information
Symbol: BEFE
Group: Dicot
Family: Berberidaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Shrub
Native Status : L48   N
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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Berberidaceae – Barberry family
Genus Berberis L. – barberry
Species Berberis fendleri A. Gray – Colorado barberry

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1 bushes subject to attack by black stem rust are prohibited

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2. Berberis fendleri A. Gray, Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, ser. 2. 4: 5. 1849.

Shrubs , deciduous, 1-2 m. Stems dimorphic, with elongate primary and short axillary shoots. Bark of 2d-year stems purple, glabrous. Bud scales 1-2 mm, deciduous. Spines present, simple or 1-2-pinnately branched. Leaves simple; petioles 0.2-0.7 cm. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic, 1-veined from base, 1.7-4.6 × 0.6-1.7 cm, thin and flexible, base long-attenuate, margins plane, entire or toothed, each with 3-12 teeth 0-1 mm high tipped with bristles to 0.4-1.4 × 0.1-0.2 mm, apex acute to obtuse or rounded; surfaces abaxially dull or glossy and smooth, adaxially dull or glossy and not glaucous. Inflorescences racemose, lax, 4-15-flowered, 1.5-4.5 cm; bracteoles membranous, apex acuminate. Flowers: anther filaments without distal pair of recurved lateral teeth. Berries red, not glaucous, oblong-ellipsoid, 6-8 mm, juicy, solid.

Flowering spring-summer (May-Aug). Slopes and canyon bottoms; 1300-2700 m; Colo., N.Mex., Utah.

Berberis fendleri is susceptible to infection by Puccinia graminis .

Updated: 2020-06-01 22:59:21 gmt
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