Crossopetalum ilicifolium

(Poiret) Kuntze

Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 116. 1891.

Common names: Christmas berry
Basionym: Myginda ilicifolia Poiret in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 4: 396. 1797
Synonyms: Rhacoma ilicifolia (Poiret) Trelease
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 122.
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Shrubs to 0.5 m. Stems spreading or prostrate, much-branched from base; branchlets pubescent. Leaf blades elliptic to ovate, 10–15 × 5–7 mm, margins coarsely spiny-toothed. Inflorescences: peduncle 3–7 mm. Flowers: petals white or pale green, orbiculate, 1 mm. Drupes subglobose, 3–4 × 1–2 mm.

Phenology: Flowering year-round; fruiting year-round.
Habitat: Pinelands, rocky pine woods, roadsides.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


In the flora area, Crossopetalum ilicifolium occurs in Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe (Keys only) counties.

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Lower Taxa

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Jinshuang Ma +
(Poiret) Kuntze +
Myginda ilicifolia +
Christmas berry +
Fla. +  and West Indies. +
0–10 m. +
Pinelands, rocky pine woods, roadsides. +
Flowering year-round +  and fruiting year-round. +
Revis. Gen. Pl. +
Illustrated +
Rhacoma ilicifolia +
Crossopetalum ilicifolium +
Crossopetalum +
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