The Myrtle dahoon (Ilex myrtifolia) belongs to Aquifoliaceae (the Holly family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to the southeastern United States. This tree grows in wet savannas of the Coastal Plain, and usually not exceeding 4-5 m in height. The leaves are alternate, thickened, obovate or lanceolate, with smooth margins. It is dioecious. The greenish white flowers bloom in late spring to early summer. The fruits on the female trees are red, sometimes orange or yellow, and often persist to spring.