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   105. Berberis soulieana  C. K. Schneider Bull. Herb. Boissier, sér. 2. 5: 449. 1905.
假豪猪刺   jia hao zhu ci

Berberis soulieana var. paucinervata Ahrendt; B. stenophylla Hance (1882), not Lindley (1864).


Shrubs, evergreen, 1-2(-3) m tall. Branches dark gray, terete, sometimes sulcate, scarcely verruculose; shoots grayish yellow, terete; spines 3-fid, adaxially flat, 1-2.5 cm, stout. Petiole 1-2 mm; leaf blade abaxially yellow-green, adaxially dark green, oblong, oblong-elliptic, or oblong-obovate, 3.5-10 × 1-2.5 cm, very rigidly leathery, abaxially not pruinose, midvein obviously raised, adaxially with impressed midvein, both surfaces with indistinct lateral and reticulate veins, base cuneate, margin 5-18-spinose-serrate on each side, apex acute, aristate. Flowers 7-20-fascicled. Pedicels 5-11 mm; bractlets 2, reddish, ovate-triangular, ca. 2.2 × 1.5 mm, apex acute. Sepals in 3 whorls; outer sepals ovate, ca. 3 × 2.4 mm; median sepals suborbicular, ca. 5 × 4 mm; inner sepals obovate-oblong, ca. 7 × 5 mm. Petals obovate, ca. 5 × 3.8-4 mm, base shortly clawed, with separate glands, apex emarginate. Stamens ca. 3 mm; anther connective slightly prolonged, rounded. Ovules 2 or 3. Berry red when mature, obovoid-oblong, 7-8 × ca. 5 mm, pruinose, style persistent; seeds 2 or 3. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. Jun-Sep.

● Thickets, streamsides, forests, slopes; 600-1800 m. Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan.