L., Sp. Pl. 125 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Holly, common holly.
Shrubs or rarely trees usually less than 4 m high, finely pubescent on very young parts and inflorescences; leaves ovate or less often elliptic to lanceolate, usually with spine-tipped teeth along the undulate margins but sometimes entire and flat, dark-green and very glossy above, usually 4-8 cm long; petioles short.
Cymes usually 1-6-flowered; pedicels to 2 mm long; sepals usually finely hairy, obtuse; corolla white or pinkish, c. 8 mm diam.
Drupe globose, bright-red, 8-10 mm diam.
Image source: fig 425 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Morley & Toelken (1983) Flowering plants in Australia, fig. 131.
Commonly cultivated and doubtfully truly naturalised.
S.Aust.: SL. N.S.W. native to Europe.
Flowering time: mainly autumn.
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