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Mahonia nevinii (A. Gray) Fedde

Nevin’s barberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyBerberidaceaeBarberry family
GenusMahoniaAfter the Irish-born horticulturist Bernard McMahon (sometimes spelled M’Mahon) (1775-1816), described as a botanist and seedsman who came to the U.S. in 1796 and was a nurseryman in Philadelphia
SpeciesneviniiNamed after the Reverand Joseph Cook Nevin (1835-1913), of Los Angeles, a brilliant linguist and botanical collector, one of the first to collect on Catalina Island

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Nevin's barberry is a large, endangered shrub found only in California. There are only about 500 left.

Identification: Up to 4 meters tall. Leaves blue-green, spiny, small, somewhat feather-shaped. Found between 800-2700 feet elevation. Flowers are yellow, and berries are red.

Mahonia nevinii (Nevin’s barberry)

By Stan Shebs.

Online References:

The Center for Plant Conversation


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Berberis nevinii A. Gray

Odostemon nevinii (A. Gray) Abrams


Mahonia nevinii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Mahonia nevinii (Nevin’s barberry)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia


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