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Berberis darwinii  Hook.
Darwin's berberis
Berberis darwinii is a shrub that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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~86 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Berberis
Family: Berberidaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.

Communities: escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Berberis darwinii from other sources

[Wikipedia] Chile & Argentina native: Berberis darwinii, Darwin?s barberry,[3] is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae,[4] native to southern Chile and Argentina and naturalized elsewhere. Regional vernacular names include michay, calafate, and quelung.[5] Growing to 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft) tall, it is an evergreen thorny shrub. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[www.weedbusters.org.nz] Characteristics & Control Methods: Why is it weedy? Long-lived plant, with well-dispersed seeds. Tolerates moderate to cold temperatures, damp to dry conditions, high wind, salt, shade, damage, grazing (not browsed), and a range of soils. How does it spread? Birds and possibly possums eat the berries containing the seeds. Occasionally spread by soil and water movement. What damage does it do? Scattered plants (occasionally dense stands) replace shrubland and regenerating forest, sometimes permanently in open habitats. Which habitats is it likely to invade? Disturbed forest and shrubland, short tussockland, herbfield, and bare land. What can I do to stop it coming back? Cut stumps resprout quickly, and can be hard to kill and seeds will germinate onto bare land. Follow up 6 monthly. Replant bare sites to minimise seeding. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/24/2024).