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.