Ilex cornuta (the Chinese holly or horned holly) is a species of the genus Ilex in the plant family Aquifoliaceae. It is native to eastern China and Korea.[1] It is a slow-growing, densely foliaged evergreen shrub that attains a height of 3 metres (10 feet). The leaves are usually 5-spined (sometimes 4), between 3.5 cm and 10 cm long,[2] oblong and entire. The fruits are red berries that are larger than those of the European Holly (Ilex aquifolium).

Ilex cornuta is valued horticulturally for its attractive and distinctive rectangular foliage and for its large red berries. Several cultivars and hybrids have been introduced by the horticultural trade, including ‘Burfordii’ (compact and free-fruiting), ‘Dazzler’ (large fruits), ‘Dwarf Burfordii’ (particularly compact), and ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ (a hybrid with I. aquifolium, very free-fruiting).
Ilex cornuta and its cultivars will tolerate a wide variety of soils and will grow in sun or shade.
(From Wikipedia on 19.1.15)



Request identification_A Leaf I came across : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

The image is of a leaf I picked up from the side of a busy road. A strange looking one! 

I searched for the plant in the nearby area, but could not locate a plant with this kind of leaves.
Can someone identify the plant? Kindly help.

I think I know what this might be… but please tell me the following:
size of the leaf
the other side and where did you find it? i.e. what part of the world
what country
what town
what season etc. will help

Thank you, …. I am sorry I do not have the leaf with me at present. I have sent it to a friend for possible identification by a taxonomist who lives nearby his house. 
But I have the measurements you have asked for. 
Length – 6.7cm
Breadth : upper broader side – 4cm
             : Lower  less broader side – 3cm
I am attaching one of the first images which shows its underside. It was shot by placing like that for better lighting.
The leaf was picked up at Kottarakkara, Kerala, India yesterday(04Jan2015) at around eight in the morning. My first impression was that it was a xerophyte. Unfortunately there ends my knowledge of taxonomy!
By the way, the file I uploaded first was given a wrong name. The leaf has seven thorns which I noticed later but forgot to correct the file name accordingly.
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that little branch with weird thorns was attached to the leaf?

No, certainly not. I placed the leaf on that “little branch with weird thorns” for better lighting. 

oh great…thanks for the clarification. the 2nd picture confused me as well…

OK then if its just the leaf
to my mind its a holly leaf
Ilex cornuta may be

some one was transporting a christmas wreath of holly when a leaf fell off is my guess… or a holly plant itself … and a leaf fell off…

second… its too big for being Malphigia coccigera though the shape and the pointed ends are similar… or at least reminiscent of holly wreaths may be popular in kerala …

so … what is that weird finger like configuration of the thorn? euphorbia? but which?

not any weird rattan, don’t think so…

I have similar thoughts, …. The leaf looks like Ilex cornuta and the stem may be of Euphorbia milii. A picture of leaf can help confirm the id.

crown of thorns??  i have had d a lot of them but do not recall these 4 finger like configuration…

i must look more closely now …

Thank you very much. So  Ilex cornuta it is. I am still searching for the plant. May be it is a hybrid, hiding in some garden!


Garden Plant For ID : Mumbai : 18AUG15 : AK-35 : 35/35 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Plant seen in a cultivated garden in Mumbai.

I have just one picture.

Check for Ilex species. (Ilex cornuta ?).

Thanks for the suggested id. I will check.

Either I. cornuta or hybrid of, I would have thought.

Thanks to you and … for the id.




Ilex Species for ID : Atlanta, Georgia : 27JAN19 : AK-65 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Ilex Species for id.

It was a shrub.

Please look at Ilex cornuta, possibly I. cornuta ‘Burfordii Nana’. The berries will turn red when ripe. 

i have seen it in north Carolina. close enough. so it could be



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