Berberis sikkimensis

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Sikkim barberry
Berberis chitria.JPG
Berberis chitria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Berberis
Species: B. sikkimensis
Binomial name
Berberis sikkimensis
(C.K.Schneid.) Ahrendt 1942
  • Berberis chitria var. sikkimensis C.K.Schneid. 1915
  • Berberis sikkimensis var. baileyi Ahrendt
  • Berberis sikkimensis var. glabramea Ahrendt

Berberis sikkimensis is a plant species native to the high Himalayas at elevations of 2000–3000 m. It is known from Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Yunnan.[2]

Berberis sikkimensis is a shrub up to 250 cm tall, with pale yellow spines up to 20 mm long on the younger twigs. Leaves are egg-shaped, up to 25 mm long, leathery, heavily whitened with a waxy layer below. Inflorescence is a panicle or raceme of up to 20 flowers. Berries are dark red, narrowly egg-shaped, up to 15 mm long.[2][3][4]