Berberis insignis Hook.f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 1: 226 1855. (syn: Berberis insignis var. elegantifolia Ahrendt; Berberis insignis var. gouldii Ahrendt; Berberis insignis var. shergaonensis Ahrendt);
India (West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar [Burma]
(Kachin) as per Catalogue of Life;
Evergreen shrub, 1.5-2m; stems yellow or puriplish, unarmed or with a few weak spines 5-7mm.Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, 9-15 x 2-6cm, acuminate, base attenuate, subpetiolate, margins spinose-dentate, veins prominent beneath. Flowers 5-numerous in axilllary fascicles;pedicles 1-1.5cm.Sepals gradually increasing in size,outer broadly ovate, c 2 x 2mm, innermost elliptic, c 7 x 4mm. Petals obovate, c 6 x 3.5mm.Berries ellipsoid,c 8 x 5mm,black.
Margins of broad -leaved forests.
(attributions- A.J.C. Grierson & D.G.Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE.1984 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)
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Location: Jaubari, Sandakphu, India
Date: 13 May 2018
Altitude: 10000 ft.
Habit : Wild
Berberis wallichiana DC. ??
It looks close to Berberis insignis Hook.f. & Thomson.
Spines are usually absent in B. insignis, and its leaves are larger than B. wallichiana.
Thank you … for the ID. At least one B. insignis from India.
Nepali Name : चुत्रो Chutro