What plant is that?

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Mountain HollyMountain Holly --male flowersMountain Holly -- female flowersMountain Holly leavesMountain Holly fruit
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Left photo courtesy Will Stuart, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Top center and left photo:and bottom left photo:© Peter M. Dziuk, via Minnesota Wildflowers,https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf
Bottom right photo:courtesy R. W. Smith, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mystery plant for this month is a small shrub which is uncommon in RI. It grows in open, wet areas at a few sites in RI. Gil George states in his Rhode Island Botanical Survey Checklist that it blooms from May 8 to June 30.  The male and female flowers are found growing on separate plants. The white to yellow flowers are ¼" to ½" wide with 4 to 5 merous petals. Male flowers have stamens alternating with the petals. Female flowers have stamens which are sterile. The stamens are free from the petals.

The leaves are 1-2" long, simple and alternate along the stems while the apex of the leaf terminates in a sharp point. There are small teeth near the apex of the leaves. The stems are numerous and grow from the base of the shrub. The shrubs grow up to 5-8 feet tall. The leaf petioles are often red to purplish in color. The fruits are multiple nutlets enclosed in a red berry.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Ilex mucronata
Common Name:

Mountain Holly, Catberry

  Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)
  open, wet areas