Common name: Himalayan Holly


Ilex dipyrena from Chakrata:: NS June 17 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).
This Himalayan tree was recorded from near Deoban in Chakrata, Uttrakhand…
Ilex dipyrena….The Himalayan Holly

Yes, it is Ilex dipyrena= Kanderu.


Ilex dipyrena with ripe fruits. Attachments (2)


Holly?/ABMAR19 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

I had photographed another similar plant a while ago intending to share but could not do so. Yesterday I found another specimen near the town and photographed it. It looks like a European Holly. I am not sure what it is though. Please advise.

17 March 2015
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

Ilex species so far in efi 

It is difficult to predict exact species just from leaves, but resembles more to Ilex aquifolium L..

To me it looks like Ilex dipyrena from the structure of leaves.

It does look like a species of Ilex

… had identified the photo of a sample I had uploaded to be that of Ilex cornuta and … seemed to have agreed to it. The present one by … looks a bit different to my inexperienced eye.:D

Thank you … I also suspect it to be closer to Ilex aquifolium but is it found in India in the wild? The other option suggestion by … is Ilex dipyrena but the leaves in my sample seem harder and more pointed than the pictures of I. dipyrena on the internet. But pictures are not the best judge and I could be looking at I. dipyrena.

Pictures from internet can not always tell you the true story. Since you have access to the original specimen, that too live in the vicinity of Dharamsala, you can very well compare with description given in Flora Simlensis by Collet .

I agree with you completely … and I will do as you advised.

I finally got my copy of the Flora Simlensis today and I took it to the actual plant. I am not certain if I can say with confidence that I can now identify it correctly. The spikes on my sample are very hard and raised (please see the profile picture). I agree with you that since this is found here at this altitude, it most likely is Ilex dipyrena. If I am correct it should soon be flowering and we can get a better idea then. My sample is young and small and may not flower but I will search again.
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You will find the tree in flowering stage in the forests around and above Dharamsala. It can also be found easily while moving around Dalhousie.

… where in the world did you buy this old book from
available now?

I just found it on amazon.com

Ilex dipyrena ABJAN01/16 : 6 posts by 3 authors. 5 images.
I also brought down a couple of twigs of the Himalayan Holly with red berries to share here too. A leaf from another plant looks more spiky (crests and troughs both of same amplitude) and darker. I am still not convinced that both belong to the same species (last two pictures). Please advise.
Ilex dipyrenaHimalayan Holly
2500m and above (Above Magic View cafe)
Mcleodganj-Triund trek, Dharamshala, HP
24 January 2015

surely Ilex dipyrena

It is Ilex dipyrena only.

SK1669 23 Dec 2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – 3 mb each.

Location : Chandragiri Hills, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation : 2392 m.
Date : 12 December 2018
Habit : Wild
Ilex dipyrena Wall.

Attachments (2) – 3 mb each.

Attachments (2) – 3 mb each.


Ilex dipyrena Wall.: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Phulchoki, Nepal.
Altitude: 2576m.
Date: 13 November 2022
Habit : Wild

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