Ilex ambigua (Michx.) Torr.
Carolina Holly, Sand Holly, Possum Holly
Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)
Synonym(s): Ilex beadlei, Ilex buswellii, Ilex caroliniana, Ilex montana var. beadlei, Ilex montana var. mollis
USDA Symbol: ilam
This holly is recognized by the usually elliptical, rather than round, translucent fruit and by the petals, which sometimes number 5 instead of 4. The Latin species name, meaning "ambiguous" or "doubtful," suggests uncertainty in the classification when the species was first distinguished and named.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: North Carolina to central Florida, west to E. Texas and SE. Oklahoma; to 1000' (3-5 m).
Native Habitat: Moist well-drained soils of upland forests.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ilex ambigua in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ilex ambigua in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ilex ambigua
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-11-12
Research By: TWC Staff