Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


734

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Usually dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandy upland forests, dry slope forests, rarely in pocosin ecotones in the fall-line sandhills region, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/Greenish-white
Usually unisexual
4-merous (5-merous?)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Aquifoliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ilex ambigua   FAMILY Aquifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ilex ambigua   FAMILY Aquifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 112-01-006a:
Ilex ambigua var. ambigua   FAMILY Aquifoliaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ilex beadlei

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Holly


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image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm170510_793

May    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm170510_794

May    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm170510_818

May    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Ilex ambigua

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmibeadlei_tc1

May        

image of Ilex ambigua

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmibeadlei_tc2

May        

Flowers ~ 1/4" in diameter in axillary clusters; sepals w marginal hairs, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm160919_015

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Lf margin finely serrate, tip usually obtuse to acuminate, not long-tapered, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm160919_016

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Fruits 5-9mm across, on short pedicels, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm160919_018

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Ilex ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm160919_019

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Ilex ambigua

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ilex_ambigua

October