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The Living Forest (439) : Holly

The Living Forest (439) : Holly

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Mark Billiau.


World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

The Living Forest (439) : Holly

The holly is a shiny evergreen tree, native to western and southern Europe, that likes to grow in shady areas of oak and beech forests (also cultivated as an ornamental garden shrub).

The bright red holly berries are a very important source of food for birds, during winter when food is scarce.
Those berries are (light) toxic to humans, but are not harmful to birds.

Dutch name : Hulst
German name : Stechpalme
Latin name : Ilex aquifolium

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A big thanks to mirko meloni for the nomination of this picture.

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