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Distribution of Mahonia repens
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General: Evergreen shrub from a rhizome; stems branched, more or less procumbent, widely stoloniferous, 15-100 cm tall; bark and wood yellowish.
Leaves: Evergreen, hollylike, alternate, pinnate; leaflets 3-7, pinnately nerved, less than twice as long as broad, with 15-43 inconspicuous spiny teeth.
Flowers: Inflorescence of clustered racemes 3-8 cm long; flowers yellow, the segments in 6's.
Fruits: Clustered berries 8-14 mm in diameter, blue, glaucous, with a few large seeds, edible.
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USDA Species Characteristics
Flower Colour: Yellow
Blooming Period: Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics: Colour: Blue Present from Summer to Fall
Key to the Species and Taxonomic Notes
Taxonomic Key to Mahonia
1. Leaflets usually 9-19, palmately nerved.....................................
1. Leaflets usually 3-11, pinnately nerved
2. Leaves more than twice as long as broad, mostly with 12-29 prominent spiny teeth; leaflets 5-11; plants 0.5-4.5 m tall.......................
2. Leaves less than twice as long as broad, with 15-43 inconspicuous, spiny teeth; leaflets 3-7; plant 0.1--.6 m tall.........................
Ecological Framework for Mahonia repens
The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (
) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)
Value / Class
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Moisture Regime (
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in:
AT(5), CWH(1), ESSF(38), ICH(14), IDF(43), MS(74), PP(8), SBS(40)
Origin Status Provincial Status BC List (Red Blue List) COSEWIC Unlisted Unlisted Unlisted Unlisted
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Synonyms and Alternate Names
Berberis amplectens (Eastw.) L.C. Wheeler Berberis aquifolium var. repens (Lindl.) Scoggan Berberis pumila Greene Berberis repens Lindl. Berberis sonnei (Abrams) McMinn Mahonia amplectens Eastw. Mahonia pumila (Greene) Fedde Mahonia sonnei Abrams Odostemon pumilus (Greene) A. Heller Odostemon repens (Lindl.) Cockerell
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