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Swamp holly
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1989 illustration
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Ilex
Species:
amelanchier
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Natural range of Ilex amelanchier

Ilex amelanchier, the swamp holly or sarvis holly, is a rare species of holly from the southeastern United States. 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.

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

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

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