4614.000 Ilex L. - Hollies

Mendes, E.J. (1966) Aquifoliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the genus

Evergreen trees or shrubs. Stipules very small. Inflorescences axillary. Petals shortly connate at the base, imbricate. Stamens as many as the petals. Style absent. Ovules 1 in each loculus. Fruit of 4–5(9) single-seeded pyrenes.

Derivation of name: from the Latin name for the Holm oak, Quercus ilex, which has holly-like leaves,

Worldwide: c. 400 species, cosmopolitan, but mainly tropical and temperate Asia and America.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Ilex mitis var. mitis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
mitis (L.) Radlk. var. mitis N,W,CDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ilex:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Ilex
Flora of Mozambique: Ilex
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ilex
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ilex

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ilex
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ilex
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ilex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ilex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ilex

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Ilex.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=884, retrieved 26 September 2020

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