Taxon: Berberis japonica (Thunb.) Spreng.

Genus: Berberis
Family: Berberidaceae
Subfamily: Berberidoideae
Tribe: Berberideae
Subtribe: Berberidinae
Nomen number: 449159
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:119. 1825 (R. Brown, Observ. Congo 22. 1818 (ante 3 Mar); in J. H. Tuckey, Narr. exped. Zaire (App. 5) 481. 1818 (5 Mar), nom. inval.)
Link to protologue:
Comment: lack of valid publication by R. Brown in 1818 verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 10-Nov-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 01-Jun-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard, as Mahonia japonica; Krussmann, as Mahonia japonica)
  • Materials: tannin/dyestuff (fide Dye Pl, as Mahonia japonica)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2, as Mahonia japonica)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan

  • Cultivated

  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Japan


  • Webster's third new international dictionary. 1961 (Websters Dict)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). (F JapanOhwi)


Check other web resources for Berberis japonica (Thunb.) Spreng. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Berberis japonica cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.