P.ilicifolium.JPG (38564 bytes)Podolobium ilicifolium: is a member of the Fabaceae (Pea) family. The species has had a name change and was previously known as Oxylobium ilicifolium. The common name is Native Holly and refers to the shape and sharpness of the prickly, dark green leaves. The leaves are deeply veined with at least three lobes. Each lobe is armed with a pungent (sharp) point.
Native Holly flowers are pea-shaped, yellow with a red keel. In spring, flowering is prolific and at this time Native Holly is hard to miss in bushland.
Podolobium ilicifolium is a widespread native and is found, in New South Wales , on the north and south coasts, the northern and southern tablelands, the central west slopes and extends into Queensland .
The image shows a plant growing and flowering profusely in a bushland reserve at Gosford, north of Sydney . Native Holly is also common in New England National Park, east of Armidale, on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales .Podolobium ilicifolium would be an interesting addition to a native shrubbery. Keep the Native Holly away from paths as contact with the prickly foliage could prove to be a trifle painful.
Propagate from seed (soak in boiling water before sowing) and perhaps cuttings of new growth.