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Crossopetalum ilicifolium (Poiret) Kuntze. Holly-leaf Rhacoma, Christmas-berry. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Pine rocklands, marl prairies, rockland hammocks; also, rarely and as an apparent waif, in disturbed, acid, peaty soil. Dist: S. peninsular FL; West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola). The NC record (presumably not persistent) was presumably introduced via cattle at an agricultural experiment station near Wenona, Washington County, NC (Hayes 1946).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, FNA12, K3, K4, WH3; = Crossopetalum floridanum Gardner – S13; = n/a – RAB; = Rhacoma ilicifolia (Poir.) Trel. – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW

Heliophily ?: 9

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