Nemopanthus mucronatus (L.) Trel.


Deciduous stoloniferous shrub to about 3 m tall. Leaves alternate, simple, to about 6 cm long, oblong-ovate, with a short hard point at the tip, entire or with a few teeth. Flowers unisexual, solitary or few together in axillary clusters; spring to early summer. Calyx of male flowers with 4-5 small deciduous teeth; on female flowers these are absent or minute. Petals 4-5, free, greenish yellow. Stamens 4-5. Ovary of 3-5 chambers, 1 ovule in each. Fruit spherical, red, on long stalks.

E North America

Plants sold under this name may sometimes be Ilex collina Alex.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Aquifoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Aquifoliales
family       Aquifoliaceae
genus        Nemopanthus Raf.