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Barberry (Berberis)

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Barberry Genus Details

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The barberry is a common shrub which originated in England and is now spread throughout Europe and the U.S. They are commonly used as garden shrubs. The barberry has woody stems and is usually 8 to 10 feet high. The berries of this shrub contain citric and malic acid and have been used to treat inflammatory fevers, scurvy and sore throats. There are many species of this shrub, including the holly-leaved barberry and the Japanese barberry with flowers that range in color from yellowish-green to pale yellow. They usually flower from March to May.
The barberry (Berberis) genus.
The barberry (Berberis) genus.
The barberry (Berberis) genus.
The barberry (Berberis) genus.

Barberry Allergy Info

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Few reports of allergenicity have been found.

Barberry Pollen Description

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Berberis pollen grains are spheroidal. The 6-12 colpi are narrow; the ends connecting at the poles. The sexine is tegillate with puncti or perforations about 0.5 micrometers.
The grains are 35-43 micrometers in diameter.

Species in This Genus

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Allergenicity Legend:
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Barberry (Berberis) is a genus of the BERBERIDACEAE family.
This genus includes the following allergenic species:

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Barberry Genus Location

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The shaded areas on the map indicates where the genus has been observed in the United States. Click the map to see a full scale version of these allergy areas.
  - Native, observed in a county
  - Introduced, observed in a county
  - Rarely observed

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