Common Name: Yaupon Holly
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|leaves||leaves and smooth bark|
|leaves and developing fruit||Which of these leaves belong to Ilex vomitoria, and which ones belong to Ilex decidua? (answer below)|
|habit--Ilex vomitoria is a small tree (there is a juniper in the background)||flowers in Spring--Ilex vomitoria is dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female sexes. What sex do you think these flowers are? How do you know?|
|Can you tell that these are male flowers? Look at how large and yellow the anthers are, compared to flowers on the female plant. Did you notice that the female flowers in the previous image did in fact have stamens? However, these stamens are not functioning stamens.||mature fruits|
Ilex vomitoria leaves are those that are elliptical in shape, and Ilex decidua leaves are obovate.