Wild plants in and around Shimane 島根とその周辺の野生植物


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Berberridaceae / Megika

Species in the genus Berberis:

Berberis thunbergii / Megi



Berberis thunbergii / Megi メギ

Berberis thunbergii, a deciduous shrub inhabiting forest edges or uncultivated fields in mountain regions, making up flat ball-forms, grow to as tall as 2 meters. Branches are red-brown, with steep ditches and ridges and one to three 7-10 mm-long prickles at nodes. Leaves are alternate, blades 1-5cm-long, 5-15mm wide, obovate to oblong, tips sharp, bases tapering to petioles, with entire margins. Flowers, 2-4 in number, are yellow-green, about 6mm wide, hang down from branch tips; sepals are as large as petals, so they look like petals. Sap fruit, oblong, 7-10mm in length, mature in red in October-November. Bloom time: April.




inserted by FC2 system