Mountain-holly Nemopanthus mucronatus
Family: Aquifoliaceae (Holly)
Mountain-holly is a tall shrub (usually the height of a person) that is
typically found in wet woods, often in conjunction with Speckled Alder
and the closely related Winterberry.
Its buds are uniquely
shaped, like small pyramids pointing up from purplish twigs.
There is a single raised vein scar inside the leaf scar.
Small spur branches are often found on the main trunk.
Probably it's most distinctive feature as a glance is the purple
colour of the twigs. As always, this is variable, but it's fairly
Winter twig and end bud of Mountain-holly
Lateral bud and leaf scar (one raised vein scar within)
Another view of the lateral bud and leaf scar
Another view of the winter twig of Mountain-holly
Mature bark of Mountain-holly
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