Alyxia ruscifolia (a-LIX-ee-a)
Common Names: Chain fruit, moonya, native holly, prickly alyxia/lixy, the spiky shrub, Christmas bush
Derivation of the name:
Alyxia: from Alyxia, native name of Indian species.
(Although another source states that Alyxia is derived from the Greek “halusis”, chain, or link in chain armour, referring to its chain-like fruit pattern.)
ruscifolia: from the genus Ruscus (butcher’s broom) and Latin “folium” a leaf referring to the similar shape of the leaves