Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Aquifoliales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read more about Sweet Gallberry at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Sweet Gallberry, Big Gallberry, Large Gallberry
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Patrick D. McMillan pdmicoriacea_junkyard1
April Clarendon County SC
Pistillate flowers have ovaries and sterile stamens.
Keith Bradley kab_ilex_coriacea_7119
May Lexington County SC
Shealey's Pond Heritage Preserve
Lvs 1.5-3x long as wide (~2-3cm wide), entire or few marginal spinose prickles, per Weakley's Flora.
Patrick D. McMillan pdmicoriacea_steed1
May Berkeley County SC
Francis Marion National Forest
Staminate flowers have fertile stamens and lack ovaries.
Will Stuart wil_10800585184
November Chesterfield County SC
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Stems on new growth of I. coriacea tend to be reddish (vs. older twigs gray). — Will Stuart
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Pdmt), endemic to Southeastern Coastal Plain
Look for it pocosins. This is more restricted to wet, peaty sites than is Ilex glabra, per Weakley's Flora
IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins entire or with a few irregularly spaced spinose prickles
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses p348
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p087
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p076
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p217
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p172
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p172