Scientific name: Ilex longipes Chapman ex Trel.

Synonym: Ilex longipes Chapman

Common name: Georgia Holly; Long-Stalked Holly

Family: Aquifoliaceae; Holly

Flowering period: May

Fruiting period: Sept. - Oct.

Habitat: RARE - Rich woods on limestone slopes

Type locality: Rome, Floyd County, Georgia
Herbarium specimens: type at MO type 785805 St. Louis, MO .
Specimens at arboretums: Jamaica Plain, MA

Comments: In 1892 this species was discovered in Rome, Georgia by Alvan W. Chapman (1809-1899) a botanist from Apalachicola Florida.

Description 1. Ilex. longipes Chapm. " Smooth; leaves 1-2inch long, thin, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, mostly acute, slender-petioled, appressed-serrate; peduncles 1 -1 inch long, the sterile clustered, the fertile single; calyx lobes acute; style very short. - Rocky woods in the upper district. May. - Shrub 3-6 feet high." - A.W. Chapman 1897.

Description 2. "I. longipes Chapman. ined. - Related to the last (Ilex decidua Walt.); leaves a couple of inches long, elliptical to very broadly lanceolate, sparingly ciliate with short broad hairs, otherwise glabrous; drupes about 8 mm. in diameter, globose, solitary on pedicles about an inch long." - W. Trelease, 1889.

Description: 3. "Large shrub; deciduous leaves, leaves thin, elliptic to broadly lanceolate, obtuse to abruptly pointed, low-serrate with sharp teeth to dentate, glabrous or with midrib pilose beneath, 3-9 cm long; staminate pedicels 1.2-1.8 cm long, pistillate up to 2.3 cm long; drupe globose, 7-10 mm in diameter, red; nutlets prominently ribbed."- Gray's Manual of Botany, 8th ed. New York, 1970.

References :
1. Chapman, Alvan W. Flora of the southern United States: containing an abridged description of the flowering plants and ferns of Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida: arranged according to the natural system 3rd ed. New York: American Book Company, 1897: 82.
2. Fernald, Merritt L. Gray's Manual of Botany. 8th ed. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1970.: 981
3. Trelease, William. "Revision of North American Ilicineae and Celastraceae." The Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 5. (1886-91) : 346.
4. Auburn University Herbarium (, Department of Biological Sciences Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
5. Missouri Botanical Garden's VAST: (, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
6. Image by Zvezdana Ukropina-Crawford

Last updated on January 27, 2017.

Botanical exploration in Floyd County, Georgia

A.W. Chapman's collection from Floyd County, Georgia

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