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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Mahonia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Ranunculales > Family: Berberidaceae

About 70 species, native to Asia, North America and Central America. Five species have been cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape)

Native to western USA and Canada.


Mahonia bealei (Leatherleaf mahonia)

Native to China.

Mahonia lomariifolia

Native to Burma and China


Mahonia pinnata

Native to western USA and Mexico.


Mahonia trifoliolata

Native to southern USA and Mexico.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.