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Berberis vulgaris
(European barberry)



Berberis vulgaris (European barberry)


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  • 22 November 2019
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  • Pest
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Berberis vulgaris
  • Preferred Common Name
  • European barberry
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Berberis vulgaris L.

Preferred Common Name

  • European barberry

Other Scientific Names

  • Berberis crataegina DC.

International Common Names

  • English: Pipperidge
  • Spanish: Agracejo; Berbero
  • French: Epine-vinette

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Berberitze; Gemeiner Sauerdorn
  • Italy: Crespino
  • Netherlands: zuurdoorn

EPPO code

  • BEBCG (Berberis crataegina)
  • BEBVU (Berberis vulgaris)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Ranunculales
  •                         Family: Berberidaceae
  •                             Genus: Berberis
  •                                 Species: Berberis vulgaris

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Feb 2022

Distribution Database Table

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Distribution References

Alvani S, Mahdikhani-Moghadam E, Rouhani H, Mohammadi A, 2017. Morphological and molecular characterization and phylogenetic position of a new record, Tylenchorhynchus zeae, and some known species of Telotylenchidae Siddiqi, 1960 and Merliniidae Siddiqi, 1971 from Iran. Turkish Journal of Zoology. 41 (2), 227-236. DOI:10.3906/zoo-1506-47

Behdani M, Afshar F J, Mirzaee M R, 2017. First report of Meloidogyne javanica on Berberis vulgaris in Iran. Pakistan Journal of Nematology. 35 (2), 155-156. DOI:10.18681/pjn.v35.i02.p155-156

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Jahani M, Alemzadeh E, Rezaei O M, Alemzadeh E, 2013. First report of Alternaria necrosis of Berberis vulgaris in Iran. International Journal of AgriScience. 3 (10), 743-745.

Jin Y, 2005. Races of Puccinia graminis identified in the United States during 2003. Plant Disease. 89 (10), 1125-1127. DOI:10.1094/PD-89-1125

Kollár J, 2007. The harmful entomofauna of woody plants in Slovakia. Acta Entomologica Serbica. 12 (1), 67-79.

Peterson P D, Leonard K J, Miller J D, Laudon R J, Sutton T B, 2005. Prevalence and distribution of common barberry, the alternate host of Puccinia graminis, in Minnesota. Plant Disease. 89 (2), 159-163. DOI:10.1094/PD-89-0159

Seebens H, Blackburn T M, Dyer E E, Genovesi P, Hulme P E, Jeschke J M, Pagad S, Pyšek P, Winter M, Arianoutsou M, Bacher S, Blasius B, Brundu G, Capinha C, Celesti-Grapow L, Dawson W, Dullinger S, Fuentes N, Jäger H, Kartesz J, Kenis M, Kreft H, Kühn I, Lenzner B, Liebhold A, Mosena A (et al), 2017. No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide. Nature Communications. 8 (2), 14435.

Tomoshevich M, Kirichenko N, Holmes K, Kenis M, 2013. Foliar fungal pathogens of European woody plants in Siberia: an early warning of potential threats? Forest Pathology. 43 (5), 345-359.

Waipara N W, Smith L A, Gianotti A F, Wilkie J P, Winks C J, McKenzie E H C, 2005. A survey of fungal plant pathogens associated with weed infestations of barberry (Berberis spp.) in New Zealand and their biocontrol potential. Australasian Plant Pathology. 34 (3), 369-376. DOI:10.1071/AP05049

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