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  • Alyxia ruscifolia

    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