The evergreen dahoon holly is native to Florida’s swamps, margins and other wetlands, growing to be a large shrub or a medium-sized tree; sometimes much larger. It is found throughout Florida and occurs in all southeastern U.S. coastal states (Kartesz, 1999).
It flowers in the spring; later it has bright red to orange-red drupes. There are 13 species and varieties of Ilex in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003).
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.