Ilex coriacea (Pursh) Chapman - Large Gallberry, Sweet Gallberry
Family - Aquifoliaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Pocosins, bays, bogs, swamps.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This shrubby species can be found in the coastal plain of Alabama. It can be identified by its thick (leathery) green leaves, which are alternate, evergreen, over 1cm broad, and have small, weak spines on the margins.
Photographs taken 4-26-03.