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Genus named for Bernard M'Mahon (1775-1816), American Horticulturist.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell.


Berberine, universally present in rhizomes of Mahonia species, has marked antibacterial effects. Berberine has also shown anti-tumour activity. Berberine is usually found in the roots, rhizomes, stems, and bark
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Previously grown as Mahonia gracilipes
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

Other use

Due to its yellow colour, Berberis species were used to dye wool, leather, and wood.

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, China, China South-Central

Berberis gracilipes Oliv.

Genus: Berberis
Species: gracilipes Oliv.
Common names: Chinese Mahonia
Distribution summary: S.W.China
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Woodland and forest margins
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Far East (L)
Flowering months: July, August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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