Shrubs, evergreen, 1-3 m tall. Branches yellow-brown or gray-brown; shoots pale yellow, sulcate, scarcely black verruculose; spines 3-fid, concolorous, 1-4 cm, stout, adaxially sulcate. Petiole 1-4 mm; leaf blade abaxially pale green, adaxially deep green, elliptic, lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 3-10 × 1-3 cm, leathery, both surfaces not pruinose, abaxially with raised midvein, lateral veins slightly raised or not, adaxially with impressed midvein, lateral veins slightly visible, both surfaces with inconspicuous reticulate veins, base cuneate, margin 10-20-spinose-serrate on each side, apex acuminate. Flowers 10-25-fascicled. Pedicels 8-15 mm; bractlets ovate, ca. 2.5 × 1.5 mm, apex acute. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals ovate, ca. 5 × 3 mm, apex acute; inner sepals oblong-elliptic, ca. 7 × 4 mm, apex rounded, obtuse. Petals oblong-elliptic, ca. 6 × 3 mm, base clawed, with oblong glands, apex emarginate. Anther connective not prolonged. Ovules solitary. Berry blue-black, oblong, 7-8 × 3.5-4 mm, white pruinose, style persistent. Fl. Mar, fr. May-Nov. 2n = 28+2B*.
|Epine-vinette de Juliana||French||CH|
|Crespino di Giuliana||Italian||CH|