SK9205 : Berberis darwinii Flowers

taken 6 years ago, near to Edith Weston, Rutland, Great Britain

Berberis darwinii Flowers
Berberis darwinii Flowers
Berberis darwinii is a species of barberry in the family Berberidaceae, native to southern Chile and Argentina and naturalized elsewhere. Common names include 'Darwin's Barberry' and (Argentinean-Chilean Spanish) 'Michay'.
It is an evergreen thorny shrub growing to 34 m tall, with dense branches from ground level. The leaves are small oval, 1225 mm long and 512 mm broad, with a spiny margin; they are borne in clusters of 25 together, subtended by a three-branched spine 24 mm long. The flowers are orange, 45 mm long, produced in dense racemes 27 cm long in spring. The fruit is a small purple-black berry 47 mm diameter, ripening in summer.
Berberis darwinii was discovered (in Western science) in South America in 1835 by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the 'Beagle'; however, the berries of this species were consumed by prehistoric native peoples in the Patagonian region over millennia. The species was one of many named in honour of Darwin. It is a popular garden and hedging shrub in the British Isles. The Royal Horticultural Society has given the species its Award of Garden Merit. The edible fruit is very acidic.

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Sunday, 30 March, 2014   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 30 March, 2014
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Village, Rural settlement 
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Edith Weston 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9210 0530 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:38.2585N 0:38.4265W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9210 0528
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