Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Berberidaceae, Barberry Family

The Berberidaceae or Barberry Family is a small family that includes trees, shrubs and perennial herbaceous members. In North America plants are evergreen or deciduous. Stems are without protective spines, simple leaves may be alternate, opposite or fascicled. Flowers are showy or inconspicuous, solitary or paired and without or without flowering stems.

Berberidaceae have 17 plant genera and almost 740 accepted species names. Others report about 570 species in the family. The type genus is Berberis, the largest genus in the family 317 species.

Less than 50 species in North America, Arizona has 6 species in Berberidaceae.

The Plant List. A working list of all known plant species. (accessed; April 6, 2015)
Wikipedia contributors, 'Berberidaceae', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 October 2014, 19:04 UTC,
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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search
R. David Whetstone, T. A. Atkinson and Daniel D. Spaulding, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 3 |, FNA Vol. 3, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed April 6, 2015)