Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Aquifoliales
American Holly, Christmas Holly
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_ilex_opaca_4
Fruit a nearly globose drupe, maturing in autumn & persisting til flowering, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
Sam Pratt sbp_20140418_122225
April Sevier County TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Leaf blades stiff, leathery, margins wavy to sharply spine-toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
JK Marlow jkm080510_014
May Greenville County SC
Male flowers have fertile stamens and lack ovaries.
JK Marlow jkm0212b_17
December Greenville County SC
Our only Ilex species that becomes a medium to large tree, per Weakley's Flora.