African Plant Database

Ilex mitis (L.) Radlk.
Protologue : Rep. Brit. Assoc. Advancem. Sci. 1885: 1081 (1886); Act. Congr. bot. Anvers 172 (1887)
Information on the genus : Ilex
Basionym : Sideroxylon mite L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ilex mitis (L.) Radlk. var. mitis
 Sideroxylon mite L. (1767)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Celastrus sieberi Bernh.
=Ilex monticola Tul. (1857)
=Ilex capensis Sond. & Harv. (1860)
=*Prinos laurinus Thury
Taxon infra-specific
Ilex mitis (L.) Radlk. var. mitis
Ilex mitis var. schliebenii Loes.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Evergreen shrub (sometimes straggling), or more usually a tree, dioecious, (1,8-)3-18-30(-40) m; trunk 0,3-1(-5,5) m Ø at base, sometimes with buttresses (large trees); bark (whitish) grey, smooth when young, later pustulate and fissured[…]
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Ecology : Moist or high rainfall (or rarely dry) upland forest, riverine forest, often beside rivers and streams; upland rain-forest and derived thicket, rain-forest clumps in upland grassland; hillside thicket; Podocarpus latifolius-Syzygium open forest[…]
  Extremely variable (leaf shape and size), but easily recognized in the field (thick shining leaves with impressed midrib above).
  750-3150 m alt. Cultivated in Europe as a glasshouse or stove plant before 1816 (fide S. Andrews, Bothalia l.c.).
  Bioko/Fernando Poo; Swaziland, Lesotho, S. Africa; Madagascar. – Not in Namibia, Botswana.
Biol./Eco : Tree; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography other :
  • Act. Congr. bot. Anvers : 172 (1887).
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Record n°175443 modified 2009-09-25
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