Bog Plants: Mountain Holly

Photo of Mountain Holly

Finding the inconspicuous greenish-white flowers of Mountain Holly (Ilex mucronata, formerly Nemopanthus mucronatus) in late-spring, you'd hardly imagine their transformation to bright red fruits. The fleshy drupes ripen in mid-to-late summer and hang on long, thin pedicels. Though not a target food for human foragers, the fruits do provide important nourishment for certain furred and feathered foragers. Mountain Holly grows not only in bogs and fens but also in alpine areas and on the margins of lakes and streams. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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