Ilex dumosa is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a longish, dense crown; it can grow from 2 - 9 metres tall[
]. The smooth bole can be 25 - 45cm in diameter[
The leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for Yerba mate (Iles paraguariensis), but are considered to be inferior and are not liked by the buying public[
]. The wood is also sometimes used locally. An ornamental tree, it can be used in urban plantings[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
Open formations at the edges of forests, less frequently in Araucaria forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, being found at elevations from near sea level to over 1,000 metres.
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in most soil conditions[
The leaves are used as a substitute for Yerba Mate tea but are considered to be inferior[
The heartwood is white, not clearly demarcated from the sapwood[
]. The wood is light, soft and easy to work with but with poor mechanical properties and very susceptible to rot[
]. It is only used for making boxes[
The wood is used as a fuel[
Seed - usually slow to germinate because they have a hard seedcoat[
]. They can be stratified in damp soil, which will speed up the ingress of moisture and reduce germination time. Sow the seeds in light shade in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are moderate[
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