Berberis repens

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Scientific Name Berberis repens (Mahonia repens) USDA PLANTS Symbol BERE
Common Name Creeping Barberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18832
Family Berberidaceae (Barberry) SEINet
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Description Habitat and life zones: Foothills to montane (5500 to 10500); hillsides and conifer woods.
Plant: Creeping evergreen shrub 1 to 8 inches tall; grayish to purplish-brown stems with no spines.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound, overall up to 3 inches long; 3 to 5 (or 7) ovate-elliptic leaflets with spiny teeth along edges.
Inflorescence Dense clusters of 25 to 50 small yellow flowers in terminal racemes 1 to 4 inches long, each with 6 yellow sepals surrounding 6 yellow petals.
Fruit: Smooth round, grayish-blue berries, 1/4 to less than 1/2-inch in diameter.
Bloom period: April to June.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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