Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Ilex coriacea


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Coladonato, Milo 1991. Ilex coriacea. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : ILECOR SYNONYMS : Prinos lucidus Ait. Prinos coriaceus Pursh Ilex lucida (Ait) Torr. & Gray ex Wats. SCS PLANT CODE : ILCO COMMON NAMES : large gallberry sweet gallberry bay-gallbush TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for large gallberry is Ilex coriacea (Pursh) Chapm. (Aquifoliaceae). The Ilex genus consists of 13 species [9,15]. LIFE FORM : Tree, Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Large gallberry grows along the Gulf and Southeastern coastal plains of the United States. Its range extends from southeastern Virginia south to northern and central Florida, and west to eastern Texas [2,3]. Large gallberry extends inland from the Atlantic coast to eastern Tennessee and from the Gulf coast to Arkansas [11]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES12 Longleaf - slash pine FRES13 Loblolly - shortleaf pine FRES14 Oak - pine FRES15 Oak - hickory FRES16 Oak - gum - cypress STATES : AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC OK SC TN TX VA BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K089 Black Belt K090 Live oak - sea oats K097 Southeastern spruce - fir forest K100 Oak - hickory forest K104 Appalachian oak forest K111 Oak - hickory - pine forest K112 Southern mixed forest K114 Pocosin K115 Sand pine - scrub SAF COVER TYPES : 40 Post oak - blackjack oak 44 Chestnut oak 45 Pitch pine 46 Eastern redcedar 50 Black locust 52 White oak - black oak - northern red oak 53 White oak 55 Northern red oak 57 Yellow-poplar 58 Yellow-poplar - eastern hemlock 59 Yellow-poplar - white oak - northern red oak 61 River birch - sycamore 69 Sand pine 70 Longleaf pine 71 Longleaf pine - scrub oak 72 Southern scrub oak 73 Southern redcedar 74 Cabbage palmetto 75 Shortleaf pine 76 Shortleaf pine - oak 78 Virginia pine - oak 79 Virginia pine 80 Loblolly pine - shortleaf pine 81 Loblolly pine 82 Loblolly pine - hardwood 83 Longleaf pine - slash pine 84 Slash pine 85 Slash pine - hardwood 87 Sweetgum - yellow poplar 88 Willow oak - water oak - diamondleaf oak 89 Live oak 91 Swamp chestnut oak - cherrybark oak 92 Sweetgum - willow oak 96 Overcup oak - water hickory 97 Atlantic white-cedar 99 Pond pine 100 Pondcypress 101 Baldcypress 102 Baldcypress - tupelo 103 Water tupelo - swamp tupelo 104 Sweetbay - swamp tupelo - redbay SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Large gallberry is a dominant understory species in the longleaf-slash pine forest community [24].


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : Large gallberry is not a preferred livestock forage, but livestock will eat branches of young plants when other forage is scarce [14,23]. PALATABILITY : The palability of large gallberry to white-tailed deer is considered fair, although deer feed on more preferable forage when available [4,14]. NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : Large gallberry provides security cover for a variety of reptile and amphibian species in the southern coastal parts of its range [21]. VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : Large gallberry presumably provides watershed protection and erosion control. OTHER USES AND VALUES : NO-ENTRY OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Pine growth is reduced by overtopping of seedlings or proximity to large gallberry and other shrubs [28]. Large gallberry can be controlled by streamline basal application of the herbicide Garlon 4 [19].


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Large gallberry is a small evergreen tree or large shrub, native to the southeastern United States. Its fruits are shiny black berries. Plants grow up to 7 feet (2.1 m) tall. The leaves are leathery. The flowers are usually unisexual; the plants are dioecious [7,9,11]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Undisturbed State: Phanerophyte (microphanerophyte) Undisturbed State: Phanerophyte (nanophanerophyte) Burned or Clipped State: Crytophyte (geophyte) REGENERATION PROCESSES : Large gallberry regenerates vegetatively by sprouting from rhizomes [5]. It also regenerates sexually, although the details have not been studied [27]. The nature of the fruit suggests that the seeds are dispersed by animals. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Large gallberry grows in pine savannas and flatwoods, shrub-tree bogs and bays, open bogs, seepage areas in woodlands, on lower slopes, wooded ravines, and depressions [7,11]. Typical soils are sandy, acidic, and low in organic matter. They are often poorly drained, and frequently or seasonally flooded [2,7]. Large gallberry is common on longleaf pine or longleaf pine-slash pine sites. Overstory associates include baldcypress and pondcypress (Taxodium spp.), blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica), and water tupelo (N. aquatica) [8,11]. Understory associates include saw-palmetto (Serenoa repens), sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana), swamp cyrilla (Cyrilla racemiflora), bitter gallberry (Ilex galbra), laurelleaf greenbrier (Smilax laurifolia), buckwheat-tree (Cliftonia monophyla), blueberries (Vaccinium spp.), and blackberries (Rubus spp.) [8,25]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Large gallberry is a mid to late seral species that grows well under a canopy. It tends toward a mature forest and competes with tree seedlings [6,19]. It typically does not on sites lacking the shade of a dense canopy [17,18]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : Large gallberry flowers between April and May; its fruit ripens from September to October [7,11,27].


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Large gallberry is sensitive to fire, but survives by resprouting from rhizomes [5,29] FIRE REGIMES : Find fire regime information for the plant communities in which this species may occur by entering the species name in the FEIS home page under "Find Fire Regimes". POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : survivor species; on site surviving rhizomes off site colonizer; seed carried by animals or water; post fire yr 1&2


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Large gallberry has very flammable foliage. Most fires top-kill the plant [18]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Large gallberry sprouts from underground rhizomes after fire [29]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : NO-ENTRY FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Prescribed burning on a 1- to 3-year cycle effectively controls large gallberry [29].


SPECIES: Ilex coriacea
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