Kashmir Barberry
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Kashmir Barberry
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Kashmir Barberry
Botanical name: Berberis kashmirana    Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry family)

Kashmir Barberry is a prickly shrub, 1-2 m tall stem hairless, pale yellow, round to somewhat grooved; internodes 2-3 cm long; spines split into 3, 1-1.5 cm long. The plant is considered rare and threatened. Yellow flowers are borne in racemes 3-4 cm long, laxly 8-10-flowered. Flowers are 1.0-1.2 cm across; flower-stalks 8-17 mm long. Sepals are larger than petals, outer ovate, about 5.5 mm long, inner obovate, 6-7 mm long. Petals are broadly elliptic, about 4.5 mm long, base not clawed. Stamens are slightly shorter than petals, flat at tip. Ovules are 3-4, stipitate Leaves are narrowly obovate-oblong, 3-6 cm long, 1-1.8 cm broad, nearly stalkless to very shortly stalked, green, powdery below, netveined. Berries are oblong-ellipsoid, 9-10 mm long, about 5 mm broad, dark-red, powdery, stylose or very shortly stylose. Kashmir Barberry is endemic to Kashmir. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Budgam, Kashmir.

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