Butcher’s Broom;  Kneeholy, Knee Holly, Kneeholm; Jew’s Myrtle; Sweet Broom; Pettigree;  
Macaronesia to Medit., W. & SC. Europe to Caucasus (As per WCSP)

Ruscus aculeatus, known as butcher’s-broom,[1] is a low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. Small greenish flowers appear in spring, and are borne singly in the centre of the cladodes. The female flowers are followed by a red berry, and the seeds are bird-distributed, but the plant also spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes. Ruscus aculeatus occurs in woodlands and hedgerows, where it is tolerant of deep shade, and also on coastal cliffs. It is also widely planted in gardens, and has spread as a garden escapee in many areas outside its native range.

(from Wikipedia on 13.4.16)

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Ruscus aculeatus from Nouni University Solan: 9 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (3)

Ruscus aculeatus from nouni solan

This is a beautiful ornamental plant.

Lovely plant with unique morphology

Something never seen. Can you just enligten a little about the plant.

Since our school days we are hearing about cladode of Ruscus. In year 1996 we planted many plants of Ruscus in our college but never seen with flowers. During our visit to Nouni university we were just wandering in the campus when we came across this plant. From a little distance i thought that some type of insects are there on the plant. When went near to this we were very glad to see the flowers. This plant is taught as example as cladode, but in true sense it is not cladode (cladode is a phylloclade of one or two internode and phylloclade is a flattened stem of several internodes functioning as a leaf). this is actually a cladophyll. A cladophyll is a flattened leaf like stem arising in the axils of a minute, bract-like, true leaf. pls also attached pics. Attachments (1)

A very tiny plant seen at ABG, almost looked artificial.

Could be Ilex Species.

not ilex

Once check with Ruscus aculeatus

Thanks a lot. I think you are right.