Ilex amelanchier

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Swamp holly
Ilex amelanchier NRCS-1.png
1989 illustration[1]

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Aquifoliales
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex
I. amelanchier
Binomial name
Ilex amelanchier
Ilex amelanchier range map 3.png
Natural range of Ilex amelanchier

Ilex amelanchier, the swamp holly or sarvis holly, is a rare[2] species of holly from the southeastern United States.[3] It is a close relative of mountain holly (Ilex mucronata) which used to be placed in a monotypic genus Nemopanthus. Ilex amelanchier grows near water, for example on streambanks.[2]

The dull red drupes appear in October to November, and may persist until the following spring.[2]

Its native range is limited to the Atlantic coastal plain and gulf coastal plain,[2] and extends as far south as Florida, as far west as Louisiana, and as far north as North Carolina.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ United States department of Agriculture, Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  2. ^ a b c d Alan S. Weakley (April 2008). "Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, and Surrounding Areas".
  3. ^ a b "Ilex amelanchier M.A. Curtis ex Chapm.: sarvis holly". USDA PLANTS.
  4. ^ United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile: Ilex amelanchier (Sarvis holly)
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map

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