Botanical name: Berberis jaunsarensis Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry family)
Synonyms: Mahonia jaunsarensis
Jaunsar Barberry is a shrub mostly found around Mussoorie region. It is named for Jaunsar hills in that area. Yellow flowers are borne in racemes 7-14 cm long, in 5 fascicles; bracts 1.5 cm long; flower-stalks 5-7 mm long; floral bracts 2-3.5 mm. Leaves are obovate, up to 28 x 13 cm; leafletes 5-7 pairs, broadly ovate to lanceshaped, broadly wedge-shaped at base, rounded or subflat at tip, 3 - 5 spiny-toothed along margins, 3.5-7 x about 3.5 cm, slightly lustrous above, with somewhat elevated and somewhat netveined on both sides. Last leaflet is about 9 x 4 cm with 1.5-2 cm long leaf-stalk. Berries are ovoid, 8 x 5 mm, powdery, blue. Jaunsar Barberry is endemic to Uttarakhand. it is common in moist places in Oak forests near Chakrata and Mussoorie, at about 2000 m elevation. Flowering: March-May.
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