WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: INKBERRY; GALLBERRY (Ilex glabra)
Medium size shrub in the holly family. Can be used as a screen but may have to do some pruning to make it bushy. Crushed berries can be used as ink.
dioecious; pollinated by insects; fruits feed birds including turkey and quail; small mammals, raccoons; in addition to fruit black bear and deer browse leaves and twigs. http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/ilegla/all.html
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl/?searchstring=ilex
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3793