Posted by: PMGDD | November 3, 2019

Winterberry Holly

From: David McLeod <mcleodda>
Sent: Sunday, November 3, 2019 2:01 AM
Subject: Re: bright red berries

Hi Hazen,

This is the Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata). After the leaves have fallen, the berries become more conspicuous and so are more likely to be noticed. This is a dioecious shrub which means the male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. The ones containing the berries are the female plants, while those without berries are the males, the flowers of which that bear the pollen, have long since withered and fallen away. The twigs with the berries are often cut for home decorative purposes or offered for sale at farmers’ markets, especially at Christmas time.

Also, congratulations for documenting an addition to the vascular plant list for the Miramichi Marsh (updated list attached)! It’s the 188th species to date. For this reason, I’ve cc’d Peter and Jim so Peter can replace the old list on the Club’s website with this new updated one.

Thanks for sharing your photos.



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