Alyxia ilicifolia F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1864) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4: 149. Type: Queensland, Rockingham Bay, 14 Apr. 1864, J. Dallachy 74; lecto: MEL. Fide P. I. Forster (1992).
Chain Fruit; Holly, Native; Native Holly
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 2-3 m tall but occasionally grows to about 5 m.
Flowers about 8-12 mm diam. Sepals about 1.5-5.5 mm long, glabrous. Corolla tube about 6.5-10 mm long, glabrous on the outer surface, sparsely pubescent about the throat on the inner surface, lobes about 3-7 mm long. Anthers about 1-1.5 x 0.4-0.5 mm, filaments about 0.3-0.4 mm long. Ovary hairy at least towards the apex and could be classed as syncarpous or apocarpous. Stigma hairy, mitriform.
Stem and hypocotyl clothed in short, stiff, prickle-like hairs. First pair of leaves with toothed margins, holly-like (Ilex aquifolium). At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade about 40 x 20 mm, sessile, stiff, apex subulate, midrib depressed on the upper surface. Margin undulate and with 7-10 rigid, pungent, holly-like teeth on each side of the leaf blade. Venation almost perpendicular to the midrib. Leaves, twigs and petioles produce a milky exudate. Seed germination time 136 to 201 days.