Ilex coriacea (Pursh) Chapman - Large Gallberry, Sweet Gallberry

Ilex coriacea plant

Family - Aquifoliaceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

Ilex coriacea leaves

Inflorescence:

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Flowers:

Ilex coriacea calyx

Ilex coriacea flowersStaminate flowers

Flowering - March - May.

Habitat - Pocosins, bays, bogs, swamps.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This shrubby species can be found in the coastal plain of Alabama. It can be identified by its thick (leathery) green leaves, which are alternate, evergreen, over 1cm broad, and have small, weak spines on the margins.
Ilex is the old Latin name for the Holly Oak. coriacea comes from the Latin "cori" meaning "leather" or "skin."

Alabama Distribution:

Ilex coriacea map

Photographs taken 4-26-03.


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