OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales



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Ruscus aculeatus

 

COMMON NAME:
Butcher's Broom, Knee Holly


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image of Ruscus aculeatus, Butcher's Broom, Knee Holly

JK Marlow    jkm0210c_15

October    Aiken County    SC

Nurseries Caroliniana

What looks like leaves are modified stems, "cladophylls", per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

 


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Ruscus aculeatus

 

Find by scientific name:

1289

Shrub
Perennial
Usually dioecious

Non-native: Europe, northern Africa, the Near East

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Cladophylls appear to be simple leaves
Cladophylls are modified stems with the form and function of leaves

FLOWER:
Spring
Dull white
Unisexual or bisexual

FRUIT:
Glossy red
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



 


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