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Taxon: Berberis fortunei Lindl.

Genus: Berberis
Family: Berberidaceae subfamily: Berberidoideae tribe: Berberideae subtribe: Berberidinae
Nomen number: 6860
Place of publication: J. Hort. Soc. London 1:231. 1846
Name verified on: 10-Nov-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 10-Nov-2005
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • Fortune mahonia   (Source: Zander ed17 [as Mahonia fortunei]) – English
  • xi ye shi da gong lao   (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 [as Mahonia fortunei]) – Transcribed Chinese
  • kleine Mahonie   (Source: Zander ed17 [as Mahonia fortunei]) – German

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide China FlEncy, as Mahonia fortunei; Hu Chi Ming, pers. comm.)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide Hu Chi Ming, pers. comm.; Herbs Commerce ed2, as Mahonia fortunei)

Distributional range:

    China: China - Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang

  • also cultivated


  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. [= Mahonia fortunei (Lindl.) Fedde].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. [= Mahonia fortunei (Lindl.) Fedde].
  • Hu Chi Ming. 1996. pers. comm. [re. common names].
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. [= Mahonia fortunei (Lindl.) Fedde].


Check other web resources for Berberis fortunei Lindl.:

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Berberis fortunei 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.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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