it is flowering season of rough-leaved holly. the tiny pretty white flowers are like twinkle little stars.
cantonese may know the root of the plant more because it is one of the ingredients in our household “24-herb tea”.
and, it is interesting to know that this plant is dioecious.
梅葉冬青 rough-leaved holly (ilex asprella) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | （unranked 未分級）ii 類真菊分支 euasterids ii | 冬青目 aquifoliales order | 冬青科 aquifoliaceae family | 冬青屬 ilex genus | 種 species: 梅葉冬青 i. asprella 《維基》
- 單葉互生，葉膜質或薄紙質，呈卵形、 邊緣有小鋸齒。花白色與新葉同開，花纖細，叢生葉腋下。
- dioecious – individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required
- rough-leaved holly is pollinated by bees. the plant is not self-fertile. plant for a future