44. Mahonia acanthifolia Wall ex. G. Don BERBERIDACAEAE

This shrub, which has attractive, scented, yellow flowers, occurs from Uttarakhand in India to South-West China, at altitudes of 2000 to 3000 metres. The fruit is edible, the root yields a yellow dye, and the wood can be used by carpenters for inlaying. It is also used medicinally – the roots, stem, bark and wood being the source of alkaloids.

Photograph of Mahonia acanthifolia taken in the wild in Nepal (Mark Watson)

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19922354
    Scientific Name:Mahonia acanthifolia Wall. ex G.Don
    Family:Berberidaceae
    Genus:Mahonia
    Epithet:acanthifolia
    Collector:Long, David G. & McDermott, Siobhan. E.
    Year:1992
    Origin:Nepal:ridge N of Kumutsang
    Elevation:2,780m
    Plant:19922354A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/F18/Q050
    Plant:19922354G
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19922354F
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/N04/2/ZZF020
    Plant:19922354E
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19922354D
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19922354C
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19922354B
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/J04/I080
     Location: 55.966781201,-3.20506777
     Location: 55.966446877,-3.205544146
     Location: 55.966711248,-3.205307617
     Location: 55.966708879,-3.205289366
     Location: 55.966771603,-3.205101486
     Location: 55.966776919,-3.205085707