Ilex amelanchier

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This article is about the Swamp Holly proper. For other plants called thus, see Swamp holly.
Swamp Holly
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Conservation status

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Aquifoliales
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex
Species: I. amelanchier
Binomial name
Ilex amelanchier
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Natural range of Ilex amelanchier

Ilex amelanchier, the Swamp Holly, is a rare [1] species of holly from southeastern North America.[2] It is a close relative of Mountain Holly (Ilex mucronata) which formerly was placed in a monotypic genus Nemopanthus. I. amelanchier grows near water, for example on streambanks.[1]

The dull red berries appear in October to November, and may persist until the following spring.[1]

Its native range is limited to the Atlantic coastal plain and gulf coastal plain,[1] and extends as far south as Florida, as far west as Louisiana, and as far north as North Carolina.[2]

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