Ilex glabra

Gallberry

  • Family: Aquifoliaceae
  • Form: Erect, evergreen, mostly mulitstemmed, colony forming shrub with irregular, mostly informal form reaching 10 ft.
  • Leaves: Evergreen, alternate, simple, shiny green above, 1-3 in. that are entire or with a few teeth near the apex
  • Stem/Bark: Smooth; gray
  • Flower: White, small and inconspicuous but borne in dense showy clusters; dioecious
  • Fruit: Showy, round, black berries with 4 pyrenes, each containing a seed. ¼ in. diameter produced on female plants
  • Comments: One of 12 holly species native to Florida ; distinguished from others with black rather than red fruit and coriaceous leaves
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