Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) in Winter, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida

Yaupon plant with small, tough, yellow-green leaves and bright red berries, with dead grass in the backgroundView Full Resolution

This photo shows a Yaupon plant in winter. The evergreen leaves look noticeably tough, and have a yellow-green color here, whereas the berries are a vibrant red color. This species has bird-dispersed seeds, and the red color serves to make the berries easily visible to birds.

Note the mostly dead vegetation in the background; although Florida doesn't get that cold in the winter, many plants in this area still go dormant.

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