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Family: Aquifoliaceae (holly family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Aquifoliales

There are two genera in this family of which the cosmopolitan holly genus Ilex, which includes about 400 species, is by far the largest. The family is represented in southern Africa by one indigenous species, the Cape Holly Ilex mitis, with nine other species cultivated in gardens in the region. 

Genera native to southern Africa

Ilex (hollies)

About 400 species (mainly Asia and America) of which one, Ilex mitis (Cape holly), is native to southern Africa. Nine other species are cultivated in gardens in southern Africa.

Ilex mitis (African holly, Cape holly)
 

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