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Image of Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Berberis microphylla

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

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Species:  Berberis microphylla G. Forst
Family:  Berberidaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Ranunculales
Chilean Name:  Michay , Calafate
English Name:  Barberry
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0163
About 19 Berberis in Chile and 14 in our data base.
About 19 Berberidaceae in Chile and 14 in our data base.

 

Edible plant   
1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
High altitude close to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Yellow, 7 - 14 petals      Shrub     

Low germination, less than 30 %   

Native    Frequent

Height: 3 m.

Some ornamental value (B)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Berberis microphylla

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Yellow, 7 - 14 petals

Height: 3 m.

 

Image of Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Berberis microphylla

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Berberis microphylla

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

USES

Some ornamental value (B)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Berberis microphylla

VII Region, Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 1300-2100 m. 02 09, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

Low germination, less than 30 %

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (3) of Berberis microphylla G. Forst available here

More species from the same Berberidaceae family in our data base:

Berberis actinacantha (Michay)

Berberis bidentada (Michay / Calafate)

Berberis chilensis var. chilensis (Michay)

Berberis darwinii (Michay / Calafate)

Berberis empetrifolia (Uva de la cordillera / Palo amarillo)

Berberis glomerata

Berberis horrida

Berberis ilicifolia

Berberis microphylla (Michay / Calafate)

Berberis montana (Michay / Calafate)

Berberis negeriana

Berberis rotundifolia (Michay / Calafate)

Berberis serratodentata (Michay / Berberis / Calafate)

Berberis trigona (Calafate / Michay)

 

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