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

Image of Berberis bidentada

VII Region, Vilches Alto, El Morillo, Chile
Altitude: 1000-2000 m. 01 29, 2006

 

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Species:  Berberis bidentada Lechler
Family:  Berberidaceae Identification very doubtful, we must check it in the near future. Certainty 50 %.   
Order:  Ranunculales
Chilean Name:  Michay , Calafate
English Name:  Barberry
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0319
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.     In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Yellow, 7 - 14 petals      Shrub     

Low germination, less than 30 %   

Endemic    Not Frequent

Height: 70 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

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

Image of Berberis bidentada

VII Region, Vilches Alto, El Morillo, Chile
Altitude: 1000-2000 m. 01 29, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Yellow, 7 - 14 petals

Height: 70 cm.

 

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

Image of Berberis bidentada

VII Region, Vilches Alto, El Morillo, Chile
Altitude: 1000-2000 m. 01 29, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

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

Image of Berberis bidentada

VII Region, Vilches Alto, El Morillo, Chile
Altitude: 1000-2000 m. 01 29, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Edible plant

 

 

 

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

Image of Berberis bidentada

VII Region, Chileflora Lab., Chile
Altitude: 350 m. 05 03, 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 (8) of Berberis bidentada Lechler 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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