(b. darwinii × b. empetrifolia) Densely branching shrub growing 2-3 m tall. Young shoots red, hairy. Spines 2-5mm long. Leaves evergreen, very narrow, to about 15-20 cm long, 2-3 mm wide, inrolled, without teeth. Leaf stalk absent. Flowers more than 1 cm wide, in clusters, often red in bud; spring. Fruit berries 6-7 mm wide, more or less spherical, black with a waxy bloom.
The following 2 species are occasionally grown: B. atrocarpa C.K. Schneid. which has evergreen toothed leaves mostly 4-7 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm wide and large spines to 6 cm long; and B. coxii C.K. Schneid. which has leaves of similar length to B. atrocarpa but they are about 1.5-2.5 cm wide and have spines up to 2 cm long.
Source: (1997). Berberidaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
A dwarf plant growing to about 30 cm tall, flowers orange with reddish buds, petals shorter than the inner sepals. Raised by t. Smith, Newry, England, c.1930.