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Ilex fargesii (Farges’s holly)

Farges's holly, named after the French missionary Paul Farges, is a Chinese holly with glossy dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers, followed by red berries.
Ilex fargesii leaves and berries

Ilex fargesii (Photo: Martyn Rix)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Ilex fargesii Franch.

Common name: 

Farges’s holly

Conservation status: 

Not known to be threatened.

Habitat: 

In thickets, woodlands and forests on mountain slopes.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Aquifoliales
Family: 
Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex

About this species

Ilex fargesii was named after the French missionary Paul Farges, who collected the plant in eastern Sichuan (China) at the end of the 19th century. Farges’s holly was introduced into cultivation in Britain by Ernest Wilson who sent seeds back from west Hubei to Messrs Veitch and Son (of the Exeter and Chelsea Nurseries) in 1900. This holly eventually forms a small, evergreen tree, with distinctive, narrow leaves.

Synonym: 

Ilex franchetiana

Genus: 
Ilex

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