Who's Your Daddy?
Originally uploaded by urtica.
Came across some odd-looking Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) on a walk the other day...
- Whorls of leaves with entire (smooth) margins [check]
- Single thorn in leaf axil [check]
- Sessile umbels of flowers and fruits...wha?
Almost, but not quite. Turns out this is most likely a hybrid between the two non-native barberries we see around New England, Berberis x ottawensis. See the IPANE page for more information.