Observation of a very rare tree of the species Ilex brevicuspis (Aquifoliales; Aquifoliaceae).

Recently, I participated in a class of trees identification and registered lots of individuals identified by Martin Grings, a local botanist. One of the species identified was Ilex brevicuspis that was just the fourth observation identified as this species on Inaturalist site.

The species is known to the brazilian states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, and in the province of Misiones in Argentina.

Why is rare?

  • Occurrence area in South America where have fewers naturalists.
  • Ilex brevicuspis can be hard to make photographs of key characteristics like leaves, flowers and fruits because they are too high.
  • Hard to identify and there are few botanists identifying in the area of occurrence
  • The tree doesn't attract attention and live in areas of low human traffic.
Posted on October 31, 2023 11:37 AM by regisrafael regisrafael


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